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A s more ambulatory surgical centers perform more complex procedures, we've had to contend with high-profile cases of surgical site infections and defend the perception that ASCs in particular struggle to maintain compliance with infection control requirements. Adding fuel to this fire is a September 2019 Office of Inspector General (OIG) report (osmag.net/9rZDxR) that includes this indictment: "Outbreaks of healthcare-associated infections have raised concerns about patient health and safety at ASCs." State surveyors cited 55% of non-deemed ASCs with one or more infection control deficiencies in the ASCs' most recent certification surveys, says the OIG report, which went on to call on state regulators to conduct more frequent inspections of ASCs so such occurrences don't continue unabated. With that as a backdrop, here are 4 things you can do to practice great infection prevention so you don't get dinged the next time a state survey- or pays your facility a visit. Stay up to date on guidelines. One of the things we find at all kinds of surgical facili- ties, but especially at ASCs, is that they don't have copies of the most up-to-date stan- dards and guidelines on hand for clean- ing and sterilization, environmental cleaning and other areas of infection prevention. This is a huge detriment, because each time those guidelines are updated, it's an opportunity for all of us 1 4 Ways to Wipe Away Surgical Site Infections Follow this practical advice to ward off the threat of SSIs at your facility. Infection Prevention Natalie Lind, CRCST, CHL, FCS • sav ins 2 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9

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