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Surgery Center Takes Cues from First-Class Airport Lounges

As elective surgeries continue to move outside of hospitals, newly constructed ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are stepping up their design games to gain an edge over their competitors for new patients. Nowhere is that more evident than in Hartford, Conn., where The Lighthouse Surgery Center opened last year.

Source: AORN/Outpatient Surgery


Stage May be Set for Next COVID-19 Surge

As we are on the beginnings of another COVID-19 surge, many are starting to question whether we can vaccinate our way out of this pandemic. Can we vaccinate our way into herd immunity? Possibly not, because 3 barriers are shedding doubt on accomplishing this goal.

Source: Infection Control Today


Infectious Disease Organizations: Health Care Workers Must be Vaccinated

Seven major health care organizations whose members often battle infections as part of their jobs issued a joint statement today saying that all health care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless there are medical reasons for not doing so. The organizations sent representatives to a panel organized by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Source: Infection Control Today


California Health Care Workers Must Show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination; Unvaccinated Workers Must Get Tested Regularly

To help slow the spread of the delta variant and protect access to essential health care services, California issued an order requiring all health care workers in the state to either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or be tested regularly.



Can ASCs Rescue the American Economy?

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) could save Medicare billions of dollars over time. A 2020 study by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) found surgeries performed in ASCs instead of hospital settings saved Medicare $28.7 billion from 2011 to 2018, says Shakeel Ahmed, MD, founder and CEO of Atlas Surgical Group, the largest privately owned ASC group of the Midwest. With more surgeries projected to move to ASC settings, ASCA projects savings from 2019 to 2028 could total as much as $73.4 billion.

Source: AORN/Outpatient Surgery

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