About the Toolkit Development


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded a 4-year project to reduce HAIs and other surgical complications in ambulatory surgery centers by applying the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program. This program, which was conducted in 665 ASCs across the country, was the first of its kind to focus on the national implementation of a quality improvement intervention within the ambulatory surgery center setting. This toolkit is based on the experiences of those who participated in the project.

Project Partners

The Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery was funded and guided by AHRQ and conducted by Health Research & Educational Trust, which partnered with subject matter experts, providers, and ambulatory surgery center associations.


  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • ASC Quality Collaboration
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • South Carolina Hospital Association

Participating organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instruments
  • Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
  • Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
  • International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management
  • Society for Ambulatory Anesthesiology


  • AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery: Final Report (PDF File, 1.8 MB)

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Page last reviewed May 2017
Page originally created April 2017
Internet Citation: About the Toolkit Development. Content last reviewed May 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/ambulatory-surgery/about.html