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On January 14, 2014, The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum at the University of California, San Francisco. The program was part of a series of events designed to inspire new methods to improve patient safety and quality improvement outcomes.
The forum attendees and speakers included surgeons, physicians, and hospital representatives, including surgeons from the local Bay Area hospitals who treated victims of the July 2013 Asiana Airlines crash. They shared their experience providing emergency care after a mass casualty event.
Among the solutions offered to help improve and strengthen emergency and trauma care included:
The keynote speaker, Fiona Ma, CPA, Former Speaker Pro Tempore, California State Assembly, provided her perspective on strengthening emergency response. "Looking forward, I believe greater regional cooperation and communication is needed between all stakeholders involved in response, including EMS, The Coast Guard, The American Red Cross and hospitals. In addition, translation services at the scene of the accident could help to alleviate future incidents where medical providers face challenging language barriers."