"Duke has made a strong and continuously growing commitment to providing specialized surgical care for children,” said Dr. Allan D. Kirk, M.D., Ph.D., surgeon-in-chief for Duke Health. “This rigorous review process provides tangible validation of our commitment to children, and our unique capacity to deal with the many specialized needs that children and adolescents have. We are well prepared to deliver care from the routine to the most complicated, with a special ability to treat each child in the manner dictated by their unique circumstance. I am very proud of the exceptional teamwork that has made this possible.”
The ACS certification and accompanying standards stem from the organization’s new Children’s Surgery Verification Program, which was developed in collaboration with the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care. The program is the nation’s first multi specialty standards for children’s surgical care.
The program establishes three levels of certification for children’s surgical centers, and defines the resources necessary to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Each level covers criteria for pediatric surgery and anesthesia, pediatric nursing, perioperative care, intensive care services, radiology and specialty pediatric services, emergency department, data collection, and performance improvement and patient safety.