Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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The Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers helps ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) make care safer for their patients. ASCs can use the toolkit to apply the proven principles and methods of AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to prevent surgical site infections (SSI) and other complications and improve safety culture in their facilities. The toolkit includes resources used by ASCs that participated in the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery project.

How To Use This Toolkit

The toolkit is organized into three sections that your facility can use to teach team members how to apply CUSP to prevent surgical site infections and other complications. Each section contains guides, tools, slide sets, and videos to support implementation. All materials are publicly available and downloadable online. Many can be modified to meet local facility needs and criteria. Learn more.

Toolkit Sections

Each section contains customizable resources that your facility can use to teach team members how to apply CUSP to prevent surgical site infections and other complications.

About the Toolkit Development

These resources were developed during a 4-year project conducted through a national quality improvement collaborative that brought together subject matter experts and participating ambulatory surgery and endoscopy centers across the country.

Page last reviewed May 2017
Page originally created December 2014
Internet Citation: Toolkit To Improve Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers. 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/index.html