Features  |   November 2016
American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program
Author Affiliations
  • Randall P. Flick, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
    Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia
    Chair
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Pediatric Anesthesia / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   November 2016
American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program
ASA Monitor 11 2016, Vol.80, 24-26.
ASA Monitor 11 2016, Vol.80, 24-26.
Pediatric anesthesiologists have advocated for a safe perioperative environment specifically designed for children for almost 20 years.1,2  Subsequent large cohort studies have demonstrated that children who undergo surgery in specialized children’s surgery centers have better outcomes than children who undergo the same surgery in a general hospital.3,4  An ad hoc task force of pediatric surgical and medical specialists from various disciplines was first convened in May 2012 to consider how to “optimize the delivery of children’s surgical care in today’s cometitive national healthcare environment.” This initiative was conceived by members of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) in order to “match every child’s individual surgical needs with a care environment that has optimal pediatric resources” and has been led by Dr. Keith Oldham, Surgeon-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Drs. Lynn Martin, Jay Deshpande and Connie Houck initially served as pediatric anesthesiology representa-tives to the Children’s Surgery Task Force representing the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Randy Flick subsequently joined the task force in 2014 as the official representative of ASA. The goal of the task force was to develop “the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards for children’s surgical care.” The initiative was endorsed by the Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in June 2013, and planning began in July 2013 for the development of an official ACS verification program in children’s surgery, similar to the trauma, bariatric surgery, can-cer surgery and breast surgery quality programs already in place.
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