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Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet

CMS, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed a comprehensive infection control worksheet to evaluate compliance with infection control requirements. This worksheet serves as a guide for ASCs wishing to fine-tune their infection control practices. ...

Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet June 2015.pdf

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NAN Alert: Glacial Acetic Acid (≥ 99.5%) Mistakenly Applied Topically

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), which operates the National Medication Errors Reporting Program, is warning healthcare providers about repeated incidents of accidental application of “glacial” acetic acid (≥ 99.5%) to skin or mucous membranes instead of a much more diluted...

NAN Alert January2013.pdf

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Ophthalmic Surgical Checklist

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and OMIC asked key ophthalmic societies to join them in developing a task force to devise an ophthalmic-specific surgical checklist. #PatientCare #FormorTemplate #PatientSafety #Ophthalmology #QualityReporting

Ophthalmic Surgical Checklist.pdf

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CDC Position on Use of Single-Dose Vials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines call for medications labeled as “single dose” or “single use” to be used for only one patient. #PatientSafety #PatientCare


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Federal Blunt-Tip Suture Safety Recommendation

The FDA, CDC, NIOSH and OSHA strongly encourage health care professionals to use blunt-tip suture needles as an alternative to standard suture needles when suturing fascia and muscle to decrease the risk of needlestick injury. #PatientSafety #PressRelease #PatientCare

FDA Blunt Tip Surgical Suture Needles.pdf

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CMS Letter on Safe Use of Single Dose Vials

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated its policy prohibiting multiple uses of vials labeled for single use in a letter to the agency’s state Survey Directors. #InfectionPrevention #PatientCare #PatientSafety


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VIDEO: Disaster Drill for Portland ASC

Watch this video of how OA Centers for Orthopaedics in Portland, Maine tested their evacuation plan with members of the community. #PatientCare #PatientSafety #FacilitiesManagement #Guide #Video


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Staffing of the PACU/Patient Acuity Tool

Policy: Staffing of the PACU is based upon using the patient acuity tool, designed by Peri-anesthesia nurses at El Camino Surgery Center. Using this tool, staffing points are assigned depending on the type of anesthesia and the type of surgery being performed.Purpose: Promote a safe...


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Injection Practices Policy and Procedures Template (Safe Injection Practices Tool Kit)

Provides a sample policy and procedures that apply to the use of needles, cannulas that replace needles, and intravenous delivery systems. #Guide #PatientSafety

Injection Practices Policy and Procedure Template.pdf