7/23/13

Infection Control at Ambulatory Surgery Facilities


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Unsafe Infection Control Standards at Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

It is estimated that at least 150,000 patients at Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (ASF) have been exposed to viral and bacterial pathogens since 2001. The reasons are a combination of unsafe infection control standards and injection practices that have occurred in these facilities.  The results have been very damaging with outbreaks of the following;

- Hepatitis
- Joint Infection
- Meningitis
- Sacral Abscesses and More

What is more concerning however is that the 150,000 who have been exposed may only be a fraction of the actual number. This is because many outbreaks and transmissions of these infections may not have been fully linked to ASF and other outpatient facilities.

From 2004 to 2012, a total of 733 events related to healthcare-associated surgical site infections and errors in sterilization occurred in Pennsylvania ASFs alone. Such outbreaks can be controlled and prevented by utilizing the services of outside organizations such as Infection Control Consulting Services.


    

Infection Control Consulting Services

In an effort to curb the rate of infections that occur at ASF centers, Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) offers a number of effective services to help facilities improve their infection prevention and control for Ambulatory Surgery Centers. The ICCS assist ASF with targeted, well researched approaches that enhance the infection control practices of the facility. Furthermore, ICCS integrates all  infection control practices into clinical practices that are followed on a daily basis and addresses infection-related events in case of an outbreak.

The Services ICCS Provides for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities:

There are a number of services that ICCS provides for ASF is to instill safe infection prevention and control practices for the facilities staff. ICCS uses evidence-based best practices for the prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) that result in fewer outbreaks and greater infection control for a cleaner, safer facility.

On-Site Inspection: The first step that ICCS conducts is a complete inspection of the facility, including interviews with the staff and observations of the daily practices in order to make a complete evaluation.

The areas of the ASF included in the observation and inspection are as follows;

- Pre-Operative and Holding Areas
- Operating Room
- PACU
- Environmental Cleaning
- Decontamination Room
- Sterile Supply Room
- Terminal Cleaning and More

Each of these areas is fully evaluated and a report is then created which highlights specific needs of the ASF.

Implementation Steps

Once the report has been fully evaluated, a plan of action is drawn up to address the needs of the facility. ICCS can help oversee and advise on implementing the steps necessary to bring the ASF in compliance with government standards.

Additional Services

In addition to what the ICCS provides for ASF and other medical centers, there are a number of services that can help augment the infection control standards of the facility.

- Development of Infection Prevention & Control Programs
- Educational Programs for the Staff
- Assistance with Surveillance for Post-Op Surgical Site Infections (SSIs)
- Follow Up Visits

Each of these services helps the ASF meet and exceed infection control standards that protect not only the patients, but the staff of the facility as well.

Effective infection prevention and control for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities can be achieved with the help of specialized services from leading nationwide infection consultants like ICCS.

ICCS

Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS) is a nationally renowned consulting firm offering expert infection prevention services to a variety of health care facilities and organizations.ICCS can help you implement and maintain an infection control program that complies with The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and other regulatory agencies, respond to situations of noncompliance, and improve the processes for reducing your healthcare practice risk.

1 comments:

  1. Wow! It's scary how many people have been infection at ambulatory surgery centers.

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