Effort will target outpatient complications

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) has been awarded a contract by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) and other surgical complications in ambulatory surgery. A second contract will improve patient care in the primary care setting by strengthening teamwork among primary care teams.

Maulik Joshi, president of HRET and senior vice president of AHA, said, "We are eager to begin these projects since they validate and build upon existing work that has dramatically improved care to all."

To improve care around the surgical suite, the objective will be to carry out an effective national implementation of a proven surgical safety checklist and development and implementation of a program to improve ambulatory surgery safety. The AHRQ ambulatory surgery safety project will adapt the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), which has been used to reduce other healthcare-associated infections, and apply it to reduce SSIs and other surgical complications.