Supply chain tip of the week: Leverage lower infection rates

Cost savings are the most commonly recognized benefit of ASCs, but their value goes far beyond penny pinching.

For independently owned ASCs, the ability to articulate added value to patients can influence word-of-mouth marketing and enhance their overall experience. Insight into potential drivers for growth and enhanced KPIs may help you to optimize your facility, so here’s a key benefit to take advantage of:

Less exposure to disease and infection:

In the ambulatory setting, there’s less exposure to communicable and infectious diseases compared with acute facilities. According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8.95 out of 1,000 patients developed a surgical site infection (SSI) within the acute space, while only 4.84 developed an SSI in the ASC space. As ASC patients are generally in good health and not undergoing treatment for infections, this is an element of the acute setting that patients don’t have to worry about in an ambulatory space. Stressing this to potential patients allows them to understand the risks that may accompany an inpatient procedure.

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