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Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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plies with the accreditation standards. "It's impor- tant to schedule enough lead time to update policies and procedures and get the revisions approved by the facility's governing body," says Ms. Piotrowski. Centers that don't have a lot of experience with the accreditation process should consider having an outside consultant conduct a mock survey, suggests Ms. Piotrowski. This is a non-threatening way to have an experienced professional assess practices and processes through the eyes of a surveyor. "It's also very helpful to have someone from another department, say from the business office, play the role of the surveyor," she says. "They might look at things from a different angle and fresh perspective." Patient confidence More patients are choosing to have surgery in out- patient settings, and those numbers are expected to keep increasing due to the persistence of COVID-19. Achieving accreditation has helped Copper Ridge adjust to the new standards of care. "There are many additional layers of infection prevention that have to be put in place during COVID-19," says Ms. Piotrowski. "Having a solid foundation for meeting accreditation requirements has really helped during this time." One of the best compliments her team ever received came from an accreditation surveyor, who said they wouldn't hesitate to send family members to the facility for surgery, and that they would also feel comfortable having a procedure performed in its ORs. "After they've examined our processes and fol- lowed the patient throughout their experience, sur- veyors get to observe what type of care our team is delivering," says Ms. Piotrowski. "And for them to say they feel personally very comfortable in the quality of care we provide was a great endorse- ment to receive." OSM N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 9 Achieving Accreditation 2020 Virtual Dec 7-10 • Connect with your peers • Learn with engaging content supported by a wide range of speakers and live discussions • Plus! Earn CEUs/AEUs Register online at learn.aaahc.org Try to be survey-ready all the time. — Tina Piotrowski, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC

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