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  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -

Selecting and implementing EHR solutions

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Legislative updates, economic impacts of electronic solutions, record options, and alternative options are all important elements to consider when planning for the right solutions to implement an EHR.  
  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -

Is your ASC ready for a crisis? 

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Simulation-based training has been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare facilities in ambulatory settings. Using clinical scenarios to create a representation of a "real world" emergency encourages the application and development of clinical skills and team collaboration through deliberate practice.
  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  1. Kimberly-Clark Health Care introduces new surgical gown

    Kimberly-Clark Health Care introduced the new AERO BLUE Performance Surgical Gown. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Joan Rivers' situation could happen at your surgery center — How to make sure it doesn't

    As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers after a "minor" throat surgery and subsequent respiratory/cardiac arrest, I am reminded of the phrase I used to preach to my staff early on in this ambulatory movement. By Anne Dean, Founder of The ADA Group -
  3. 10 patient handoff communications tools

    Shift changes, patient handoffs and referrals all require precise transfers of patient information. Many things can go wrong, however, and plenty of research has shown botched patient handoffs can be hazardous to patient safety. Here are 10 tools to assist in better patient handoff communications and avoid errors. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. 2 ASCs win national quality awards

    Charleston, S.C.-based Physicians' Eye Surgery Center and Dearborn (Mich.) Surgery Center have been awarded the 2013-2014 National APEX Quality Award from Voyance, a healthcare solutions company. By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Patient safety tool: AHRQ's reducing Medicaid readmissions guide

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering a free guide to help acute-care facilities expand their current Medicaid readmission efforts. By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. What qualities do patients want in their providers?

    More than half of Americans find information about quality of healthcare difficult to come by and difficult to trust. Most focus on their physicians' interactions (59 percent), rather than health outcomes (29 percent) or other metrics, when rating evaluating quality of care. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. Sentinel alert: ISO tubing connector standards

    The Joint Commission has released Issue 53 of its Sentinel Event Alerts on following the International Organization for Standardization's tubing connector standards. By Ellie Rizzo -
  8. Patient safety tool: AHIMA, AHDI's QA program implementation resource kit

    The American Health Information Management Association and Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity created a free resource kit that provides the tools needed to implement a quality assurance program.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. 10 patient safety tools for the ASC setting

    The following are 10 tools for ASCs to employ in pursuit of improving and reinforcing patient safety, published on Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality. By Ellie Rizzo -


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