The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as a part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections, is funding a 12-month patient safety improvement program in which ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospital outpatient departments (HOPD), and endoscopy centers can participate.
Our aim is zero harm for patients undergoing care in the ambulatory surgery setting.
This program provides participating facilities and management firms the opportunity to:
Demonstrate the quality of care they are providing within their state, region, or management company
Mitigate harm and manage risk through the use of tested quality improvement and patient safety tools and strategies designed specifically for the ambulatory surgery setting
Showcase the exemplary work and ideas that are occuring across the country with other facilities through peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities
Receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring by a Quality Improvement Advisor throughout their program participation
Benchmark data with other facilities across their state and nation
Improved patient safety culture
Enhanced teamwork and communication
Reduction in surgical site infections and complications - Zero harm!