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While it is true that the news media seem to be really stirring up the pot regarding the spread of Ebola, it is true that it is here in the US, The last patient diagnosed flew on a US plane from Ohio to Dallas. The plane went on to Miami and is still in commission to continue flying in the face of the recent announcement that the disease may be airborne spread. Now is NOT the time to take shortcuts in following your policies regarding standard/airborne/droplet transmission. Read your Exposure policies NOW and Follow them! Use the screening tool from ADA. We are changing “travel outside the US” to “travel within the US” in the last two weeks!
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Summer Newsletter Now Online!
Debbie Weigle, AD
Klamath Surgery Center
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Steve Farris, AD
Maureen Jesperson, RN, ORS
State licensure, CMS
Anne Frey Dean, RN, BSN, LRM
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LATEST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Can hand lotion be used in the peri-operative setting?
What standards should my infection prevention program be resourcing?
Do we still have to remove nail polish if scrubbing in the OR?
Do I have to remove my gown before leaving the OR? How about before leaving the decontam/soiled instrument processing area?
There is a lot of controversy in our organization regarding the removal of jewelry prior to handwashing. Our staff says this only applies if they are scrubbing in for a case. Help!
We are a busy eye center. As such, we are drawing up all syringes for any blocks the morning of surgery and labeling them for the name of the drug, dosage, date and the initials of the person who drew it up. Is this acceptable?
View Anne's Answers and more FAQs here
Attention Inservice Coordinators:
Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement in an ASC Setting, New 12/12
Patients' Bill of Rights, New 12/12
Ergonomics at Work, Rev. 12/12
Disruptive Behavior in the Workplace, Rev. 12/12
(See dozens more on the Inservices page)
Attention Risk Managers:
Electronic Incident Reporting Now Avaiable
Contact Stephanie for instructions
regarding emailing those reports to the ADA Risk Managers
Here are our recommended downloads (pdf) files regarding CMS surveys:
Agency for Health Care Administration ASPEN: Regulation Set (RS)
ASC Quality Collaboration Implementation Guide
State Operations Manual Appendix L - Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Excerpt from State Operations Manual, Appendix L - 416.42 (b) Standard: Administration of Anesthesia
CMS 12/13 Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet
Review Anne's Medicare Survey - Self Assessment Tool...and many new and revised forms - on the forms page
See the tool created for putting together a book of displays according to CMS regulations - forms page
Here is a link you may find useful for Verifying Education...
Also, these links for Infection Control Training for your IC Coordinator:
For many more outside links, see our Resource Links