Entries by Courtney Leonis

Progressive Surgical eSupport: Helping Your ASC Meet Today’s Challenges

A large majority of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country are 100 percent physician owned and do not have a big corporate infrastructure in place to ensure regulatory updates are identified, disseminated, and implemented appropriately. Just in the past couple of years the ASC industry has gone through the adoption of several new regulations, […]

Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2017: A Year in Review

Throughout 2017 there were numerous changes in the healthcare industry, with large events such as the inauguration of a new president and significant shift in political control and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacting the industry. As it relates to ambulatory surgery centers, there were a few trends to note: continued consolidation, changes to reimbursement, continued […]

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

During week 5 (January 28-February 3, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States. Viral Surveillance: The most frequently identified influenza virus subtype reported by public health laboratories during week 5 was influenza A(H3). The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories remained elevated. Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of […]

Mock Survey at LV Surgery Center, Las Vegas, NV

Leanne and Regina had a great day at LV Surgery Center in Las Vegas. We visited to perform a mock survey, the first since this GI only ASC opened their doors in 2016. In their first year of operation, their patient volume has steadily increased requiring additional staff. We were especially impressed with Bob. Given […]

Hawaiian Eye Meeting 2018

The Hawaiian Eye meeting is always a nice excuse to visit Hawaii in January, especially for Crissy, who lives in Denver. This year the meeting was held in Wailea, on the island of Maui. The weather was perfect; no rain and an ideal temperature all week long. Regina and Crissy were both there with their […]

Exposure Time for Effectiveness of HLD for Endoscope Reprocessing Should be Reconsidered

The bactericidal effect of disinfectants against biofilms is essential to reduce potential endoscopy-related infections caused by contamination. Chino, et al. (2017) investigated the bactericidal effect of a high-level disinfectant, peracetic acid (PAA), against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm models in vitro. Source: Infection Control Today

2018 Ambulatory Health Care National Patient Safety Goals

The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) were established by The Joint Commission (TJC) and are updated each year. They were meant to assist accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety. The Patient Safety Advisory Group, is made up of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, risk managers, clinical engineers and other professionals, and […]