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Top Challenges for 6 ASCs Today

Six ASC administrators and executives discuss the top challenges facing their centers today and steps they’re taking to build a strong foundation for the future. Alfonso del Granado – Administrator of Ashton Center for Day Surgery (Hoffman Estates, Ill.): While there are many challenges today, the largest single issue we are facing is the erosion of independent practitioners as large groups acquire practices or recruit surgeons straight out of residency.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review


Sentinel Event Alert Issue 48: Health Care Worker Fatigue and Patient Safety

The link between health care worker fatigue and adverse events is well documented, with a substantial number of studies indicating that the practice of extended work hours contributes to high levels of worker fatigue and reduced productivity. These studies and others show that fatigue increases the risk of adverse events, compromises patient safety, and increases risk to personal safety and well-being.

Source: ASCA/TJC


A Checklist for Terminal Cleaning is Only as Good as the List Itself

A thorough, terminal cleaning of hospital rooms between patients is essential for eliminating environmental contamination, and a checklist is a standard tool to guide the cleaning staff. But new research presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) offers an important reminder that the checklist is only as good as the list itself.

Source: Infection Control Today


Ideas That Work: Cataract Comfort

Peeling self-adhering drapes off a patient’s face after cataract surgery can be quite painful and can even cause cutaneous epithelial defects. Cataract patients are emerging from light anesthesia at the end of cases when you remove the drapes, so the discomfort can become the procedure’s defining moment. I came up with this 3-step process to take the pain out of the process.

Source: Outpatient Surgery


Head of New U.S. Corporate Health Plan

Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care. Speaking in San Diego at the annual meeting of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a health insurance trade association, Gawande also said that end-of-life care needs to take into account the wishes of patients, something which he said is now sorely lacking.

Source: ASCA/Reuters

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