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  1. The qualified clinical data registry: A primer for outpatient providers

    The rate of surgical procedures is increasing annually, with more than 53 million outpatient procedures performed in the United States in 2010.  By By Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Anesthesia Quality Institute, Chief Quality Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists -
  2. ASC nightmare: Wrong-site surgery & what to do about it

    To err is human. However, in the healthcare industry, with people's lives hanging in the balance, there is little space for error.  One of the most unfortunate, albeit common, preventable medical errors is wrong-site surgery.    By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. The importance of improving pain management in ASCs providing higher acuity procedures

    Ambulatory surgery centers are typically lauded for their high patient satisfaction rates. However, as higher acuity procedures, such as orthopedic and spine surgeries, are increasingly performed in the outpatient setting, surgeons are continually looking for treatments and techniques to ensure patient satisfaction, and pain management is a huge part of the equation.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. ASC QI project success: The 4 'E's that drive process standardization

    In a webinar hosted by Becker's Healthcare on Nov. 10, Gregory Hickman, MD, medical director and director of anesthesia at the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla., discussed the importance of process standardization in meeting infection control and quality improvement goals.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 5 tips for avoiding wrong-site surgery

    At the Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting — The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 23 to 25, in Chicago, Sandra Jones, MBA, CASC, LHRM, FHFMA, senior vice president and COO of ASD Management, discussed the unfortunate but recurrent situation of wrong-site surgery in ambulatory surgery centers.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Wolters Kluwer Health teams with AAACN on ambulatory nursing software

    Wolters Kluwer Health entered into an agreement with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing to develop a new ambulatory care nursing category for Lippincott Procedures, a procedures software used by nurses and other clinicians.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Going from good to great: Why ASCs still need to improve infection control

    Ambulatory surgery centers are known for their typically low infection rates. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities confirmed this in September when it released statistics on patient safety in outpatient facilities. The data included outcomes and procedures for more than 12 million cases and found that the infection rate was one in 2,400 procedures.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. QI projects at ASCs: What do they look like today?

    At the Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting — The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 23 to 25, in Chicago, Cindy Vincent, executive director of Surgery Center of Cary (N.C.); Tami Robinson, RN, BSN, MSN, CNOR, administrator and director of nursing, Unity Surgical Center in Lafayette, Ind.; and Vicki Edelman, RN, BSN, CASC, administrator of Blue Bell (Pa.) Surgery Center, discussed quality improvement projects at their ambulatory surgery center as well as the importance of tracking metrics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. ASCs & Ebola: What you need to know

    What do surgery centers need to know about preparing for Ebola? The following are tools and tips for readying your ASC to deal with the infectious disease. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Stop Ebola: How an IT update can make a difference at your ASC

    In just a few short weeks, the deadly Ebola virus has changed from a tragedy unfolding in West Africa to a real threat here in the United States.   By Staff -
  4. Most-missed handwashing spots, tools and best practices: 3 must-reads

    Hand hygiene is a cornerstone to infection control, yet it is often performed incorrectly. The following are three articles that address some of the most common problems with hand hygiene: By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. Is your ASC importing Ebola? How to protect against disease spread

    In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization put us on alert for the Avian Flu. By Anne Dean, RN, BSN, Founder of The ADA Group -
  2. ASC infection prevention for soft surface fabrics: Establishing a new standard of care

    Soft surface fabrics play a crucial role in infection prevention and patient safety for healthcare providers. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Upcoming ASCQR influenza vaccination process of care measure: What ASCs need to know

    Ambulatory surgery centers participating in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting program will soon be required to begin reporting data for the process of care measure #ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel. By Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, Founder, Owner and President, Infection Control Consulting Services -
  4. ASC quality improvement: How to maximize effectiveness

    Quality improvement projects are essential for ambulatory surgery centers to resolve issues and improve the patient experience. They are also required for accreditation and certification. But what constitutes a good quality improvement project? By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Amsino launches ASC-specific IV sets

    Medical device developer and manufacturer Amsino has launched the AMSafe Gravity IV Sets for Surgery Centers. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. PDI receives FDA clearance for Prevantics Device Swab

    PDI introduced the Prevantics Device Swab after receiving market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for disinfecting needleless access sites prior to use on ports and hubs. By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. AHRQ's ASC safety program enrollment now open

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery is now accepting enrollment for Cohort 4 of the program, which will launch Sept. 29. By Ellie Rizzo -
  8. 5 sample OR/procedure room cleaning checklists

    As much of 75 percent of an operating room may not be sufficiently cleaned or disinfected. For example, the three best-cleaned items in an operating room — main door, main field light and telephone — are cleaned less than 35 percent of the time. However, routine disinfection is associated with significant reductions in surgical site and other patient infections. Here are five sample disinfection and terminal cleaning checklists for ORs and procedure rooms. By Ellie Rizzo -
  9. Patient safety tool: HHS' Ebola preparedness checklist

    HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a free checklist to help hospitals prepare for and manage the Ebola virus disease. By Anuja Vaidya -


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