Improving Surgical Care and Recovery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, MD, launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR) in 2017. 

The AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR supports hospitals in implementing perioperative evidence-based pathways to meaningfully improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital length-of-stay, and improve the patient experience. The program offers cohorts at various times for the following service lines:

  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Gynecology
  • Emergency General Surgery

Participating hospitals will have access to U.S. leaders in enhanced recovery, including representatives of surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing; prototype enhanced recovery pathways developed for five procedures based on up-to-date evidence review; literature to support pathways; tools and educational materials to facilitate implementation; quality improvement support from a nurse consultant; and coaching calls to support hospital work.

The enhanced recovery pathways are designed to:

  • Improve uptake of multimodal analgesia and reduced opioid use
  • Reduce surgical site infections
  • Reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Reduce venous thromboembolic events
  • Improve the patient experience
  • Improve teamwork and safety culture
  • Improve length of stay and readmission

Discuss ISCR Data Needs with Registry Partners

Registry partners can assist hospitals with ISCR data collection and submission. Our experienced surgical abstractors and management team look forward to learning how we can help you. Contact us by completing this convenient online form or by calling (866) 287-2968.