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J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Mar;218(3):479-87, 487.e1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2013.10.028. Epub 2013 Nov 27.

Optimal resources for children's surgical care in the United States.

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In summary, the Task Force does understand that change is difficult and, in the circumstance of the US health care environment, quite complex. Having acknowledged this, the Task Force firmly believes that if optimal resource standards are clear, providers will act in the best interests of their patients, infants, and children undergoing surgery in this circumstance. We intend to provide evidence to this point, to define optimal resources, and to facilitate this process. The hope and the underlying intent of these recommendations is to insure that every infant and child undergoing a surgical procedure in the United States will receive his or her care in an environment that offers all of the facilities, equipment, and, most especially, access to the professional providers who have the appropriate background and training to provide optimal care. This must be done while balancing the issues of access, staff, and the need to improve the value proposition. The Task Force is unanimous in its intent to advocate for this agenda.

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