Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

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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…

Mock Survey at LV Surgery Center, Las Vegas, NV

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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…

Hawaiian Eye Meeting 2018

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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…

Healthcare Report 2018: Best & Worst States for Healthcare

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Healthcare has been a significant topic in the recent U.S. Presidential election. There is controversy among which form of health care should be implemented. However, it’s likely that this issue will not be sorted for quite some time. As the…

CMS Quality Reporting Update for ASCs 2018

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR Director of Education and Clinical Affairs Ambulatory Surgery Center Association CMS requirements and quality reporting can be challenging for perioperative leaders in the ambulatory surgery center…

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

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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…