The rapid growth in surgeries performed at outpatient and ambulatory surgery centers brings renewed focus to infection prevention practices at these facilities. Anne Marie Benedicto, vice president of the Center for Transforming Healthcare at The Joint Commission, identified Surgery Center Safety as one of 4 Patient Safety Trends for 2020. A HealthLeaders-published article examined how these trends will manifest in the coming year, noting that surgery center leadership teams face a challenge to enhance capabilities for “…stronger improvement skills, stronger safety culture, and leadership commitment to zero harm.” As part of Case Medical’s commitment to patient safety, we offer support for ASCs working to elevate their Infection Prevention and Sterile Processing practices. Read on for some strategies to get started benchmarking best practices.
Sterile Processing is both more complex and more dynamic that may be apparent to those who don’t specialize in reprocessing activities. Fortunately, education is readily available, much of it at no cost. We recommend beginning with Case Academy self-study programs.
Learn from others’ experiences
Whether you are part of an IDN or a member of a surgery center only network, find the experts that are leading programs in nearby hospitals. A cold call can yield valuable information. One of the hot topics in we’re tapped in to is pre-treatment of instruments at point-of-use. Ask your new contact about their best practices and bring them back to your facility, minus the pitfalls of discovering them yourself.
On a similar note, engage and expand your network by getting involved with your local IAHCSMM chapter for ongoing education and support. There are more than 60 IAHCSMM Chapters across 37 states and five countries. Create your own community of support you can tap into when needed.
As always, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help you assess your current practices and make recommendations to improve your process with a focus on patient safety. Leave a comment below if you have patient safety tips to share!