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  1. Sutures, Not Mesh, Lead to Fewer SSIs in Primary Ventral Hernia Repairs

    Using suture repairs instead of mesh repairs in primary ventral hernia procedures lead to fewer surgical site infections, according to a study in JAMA Surgery. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. Top 10 Patient Safety Tools Feb. 17-21: ASC

    The following are the 10 most popular patient safety tools on Becker's ASC Review for the week of Feb. 17-21, 2014, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Patient Safety Tool: Hand Hygiene Survey Test Checklist

    The ASC Quality Collaboration is a nonprofit organization of industry leaders devoted to advancing ASC quality through public reporting and measurement. By Ellie Rizzo -

Current hospital trends and strategies

Mark Dixon and Dr. Joseph Sferra on hospital current trends and strategies, and how these impacted ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
  1. 3 Questions to Answer Before Choosing a Hand Hygiene Measurement Program

    Deciding how and when to measure hand hygiene compliance can be a challenging task; however, addressing a few key questions before planning a hand hygiene surveillance program can assist infection preventionists and nursing officers in this endeavor. According to a monograph from The Joint Commission, the following questions should be answered before choosing a method of compliance measurement. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Seeking Nominations for Great Infection Control Products List

    Is there an infection control product you can't live without? Do you swear by a certain infection prevention device? Is there something your healthcare organization uses that everyone should know about? By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. No Difference in Common Skin Antiseptic Effectiveness

    Clinical effectiveness among several common skin antiseptic agents used to prevent surgical site infections is about equal, according to an article in Journal of the American College of Surgeons. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. 6 Statistics on SSIs at ASCs

    In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have made headway in determining rates of surgical site infections following ambulatory surgery. An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association detailed the frequency of serious SSIs after low- or moderate-risk ambulatory surgery in patients with a low risk of surgical complications. By Ellie Rizzo -

Improve engagement with community physicians 

For most hospitals, the referral process is complex and inefficient, creating dissatisfaction for community physicians and patients alike. Improving that process can make a huge difference not only in satisfaction, but in referral preferences.
  1. 7 Tips for ASC Infection Control Compliance

    The following tips for remaining compliant with CMS' infection control regulations for ASCs come from Oregon Patient Safety Commission's infection prevention specialist, Mary Post, RN and Libby Chimes, RN, BSN, owner of IC Solutions, an infection control company in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The two were interviewed for an article in Infection Control Today. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Top 10 Quality Stories, Feb. 10-14: ASC

    The following are the most popular stories on the Becker's ASC Review quality channel for the week of Feb. 10 to 14, starting with the most read.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Top 10 Patient Safety Tools Feb. 10-14

    The following are the 10 most-accessed patient safety tools on Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review for the week of Feb. 3, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. HPV Highly Resistant to Standard Medical Cleaning Processes

    The human papillomavirus is highly resistant to commonly used clinical disinfectants, according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. Patient Experience Not Related to Surgical Outcomes

    Patient reported experiences of elective surgical procedures are only weakly correlated with better surgical outcomes, according to an article in BMJ Quality & Safety. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 10 Most-Read Quality Stories Feb. 3-7: ASC

    The following are the most accessed stories from the Becker's ASC quality channel for the week of Feb. 3-7, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. 12 Statistics on Patients and Communication in Ambulatory Care

    The following statistics on healthcare communication are from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2009, included in the agency's 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. 10 Most Read Patient Safety Tools Feb. 3-7

    The following are the 10 most-accessed patient safety tools on Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review for the week of Feb. 3, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. ASC Quality Report: 7 Statistics

    The ASC Quality Collaboration has released a report on six facility-level quality measures of ASCs, collected from July 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. 5 Steps to Better Safety Culture

    Here are 5 tips to building a better safety culture and succeeding at quality and safety initiatives from Lifewings. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. ASC QI Projects: Best Ideas for Biggest Impact

    Accreditation surveyors are looking for quality improvement projects that really make a difference for ambulatory surgery centers. By Laura Dyrda -
  8. Roundup: Latest Studies, Stories on Medication Safe Practices

    Here are the six latest stories on prescription drug safe practices compiled from Becker's ASC Review and Becker's Hospital Review. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  9. New CMS Quality Measure Requires Improved Patient Visual Function After Cataract Surgery; ASCs Respond

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Final Payment Rule included new quality reporting requirements for cataract surgery, which many ASCs may not be able to meet, according to a report from the Ohio Association for Ambulatory Surgery Centers. By Laura Dyrda -

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