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5 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 9 Y es, accredi- tation surveys are all but guaranteed to cause you some degree of stress. But a sense of overwhelming dread shouldn't accompany a survey- or's visit to your facility. In fact, accreditors are working hard to ensure facilities see the survey process as collaborative rather than combat- ive. Still got doubts about surveyors' motives? We talked to 4 of your fellow facility leaders who said the accreditation process provided key insights that led directly to changes they were more than happy to make. 1. DEA controlled substances audit When you keep meticulous real-time records of all the medications you dispense, certain things may seem redundant. That's what William Greene, Jr., MD, the medical director of Lakeshore Surgical Center in Gainesville, Ga., thought when a surveyor suggested that his ASC con- duct a biannual audit of all the controlled substances on hand that day. "We have complicated records where we note every single medica- tion that was given — who gave it, how much was given, the patient's name," says Dr. Greene. "With all of the info we regularly collected, I Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor Learn to Love Your Accreditation Surveyor Embrace those dings as opportunities for improvement. • COLLABORATIVE PROCESS Accreditation agencies want facilities to view surveys as collaboration opportunities rather than dreaded events. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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