Features  |   March 2015
Surgeons Propose Criteria to Rank and Score Hospitals’ ‘Optimal Resources’ for Pediatric Surgical Care
Author Affiliations
  • Mark A. Singleton, M.D., FAAP
    ASA Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia
    Past Chair
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Pediatric Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   March 2015
Surgeons Propose Criteria to Rank and Score Hospitals’ ‘Optimal Resources’ for Pediatric Surgical Care
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 10-12.
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 10-12.
A self-selected group of pediatric surgeons from children’s hospitals across the country, determined to improve pediatric surgical care, formed an ad hoc “Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care,” which conducted a series of meetings between 2012 and 2013. Several prominent pediatric anesthesiologists from various academic practices and other “leaders in relevant disciplines” were also invited to participate. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Children’s Hospital Association provided support for these meetings. Ultimately, the task force developed a draft titled “Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care in the United States,” which was circulated for review and comment in mid-2013 to the ASA Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia (COPA), the board of directors of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) and the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The document purported to identify “a mismatch between individual patient needs and available clinical resources for some infants and children receiving surgical care” and to address this problem, put forth a proposal “to optimize the delivery of children’s surgical care in today’s competitive national healthcare environment.” Furthermore, it was stated: “To be clear, the recommendations and opinions presented here reflect the personal views of the participants.”
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