Infection Control and Prevention Strategies for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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In response to infectious outbreaks in ambulatory surgical facilities nationwide, investigations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Decease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveal the necessity for applicable strategies to enhance implementation of safe infection prevention practices in the ambulatory surgical setting.

Targeted Approaches to Infection Control needed

Targeted approaches need to be developed to assist Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (ASF)  with integrating infection control best-practice concepts into their clinical practices and addressing surgical site infections (SSI) and infection-related events.

Infection Control and Prevention Consulting Services for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities

Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) led by Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, continues to assist ASF integrate best-practice infection control and prevention strategies to address SSI and infection related events.

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ICCS focus is on the following key approaches to satisfy the requirements of CMS Conditions for coverage.

Infection Control Policies

Infection control policies ensuring the facility has a written infection control plan.

Infection Control Education and Training

Infection control education and training ensuring that the facility has a designated, licensed staff member directing infection control and all staff receive ongoing infection control education.

Infection Control Surveillance

Implementation of surveillance techniques following environment control, sterilization, disinfection and safe injection standards.

Infection Control Enforcement and Accountability

Infection control enforcement that ensures the facility tracks postoperative surgical site infections (SSI) and that there is there is written documentation confirming tracking of SSI ensuring accountability. 

Contact ICCS to arrange an on-site visit to assist your ASF overcome its infection control and prevention challenges. We will observe and access best practices in ASF Holding and pre-operative areas, Operating Room (OR); Decontamination Room, Sterile Supply Room, PACU  among other areas


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