Reopening Your ASC with COVID-19 in Mind
Where we are now
The Biggest Challenges
Most ASCs are back in business performing elective surgeries, though not without obstacles. Those challenges include:
- Pre-admission COVID-19 testing in terms of test availability, cost management, and logistics.
- Staffing due to ASCs not operating at full capacity. Until a facility is close to pre-COVID volume, some full-time positions are not justified.
- The PPE supply chain, especially N95 respirators. This problem, which is the biggest one for most ASCs, has been exacerbated by a flood of counterfeit products and price gouging. Unfortunately, evidence suggests this supply chain issue will not be solved quickly.
Getting Back to it
ASCs across the country are grateful to get back to business and have been tackling these reopening challenges with the vigor and dynamism we have long associated with our industry. Yet, this time is not without frustration. It is more important than ever to work together by networking with industry colleagues to find creative solutions to implement in our “new normal.”
HELPFUL RESOURCES: To help ASCs navigate their reopening and operations efforts, Progressive Surgical Solutions recently created COVID-19 toolkits. Learn more about these kits on Progressive’s COVID-19 Information Hub.