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The ASC Safety Officer Role – Who, what, why, and how?

The safety officer plays an important role in helping a healthcare facility maintain a safe environment for patients, staff, and visitors. The person in this role should complement the safety plan in helping to reduce risk. Responsibilities of the safety officer include assisting in staff safety education, monitoring the environment,…

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By: Fawn Esser Lipp, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, Executive Director, The Surgery Center LLC
October 29, 2018
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Numbers aren’t always the answer: What can you learn from your frontline staff?

We have all heard the safety instructions prior to takeoff: Put on your own oxygen mask first, before helping others around you. However, as nurses and caregivers, we are often so busy helping those around us that we don’t even think about applying our own “oxygen mask,” or what the…

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By: Jennifer Dickman, DNP, RN, CPN, Director, UPMC Children’s North Surgery Center
October 10, 2018
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Would You Be Scoped in Your Own Facility? Tips and Tricks to Endoscope Reprocessing

Would You Be Scoped in Your Own Facility? Tips and Tricks to Endoscope Reprocessing by Nancy Schlossberg, BSN, RN, CGRN, CER, Program Director-Digestive Health Services, John Muir Health   New guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that colorectal cancer screening begin at a younger age than what is currently…

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By: Nancy Schlossberg, BSN, RN, CGRN, CER
September 6, 2018
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Are Your Hands Clean? - Exploring the Importance of Hand Hygiene in ASCs

Are Your Hands Clean? - Exploring the Importance of Hand Hygiene in ASCs by Donna Label, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, Consultant   Taylor, thank you so much for asking me to do this post for the new ASC blog with OR Manger. As this is my first entry, I felt…

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By: Donna Label, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR
September 6, 2018
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OR Manager’s ASC Blog: Welcome

OR Manager’s ASC Blog: Welcome by Beverly Kirchner BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, COO, SurgeryDirect, LLC   It all starts with the first blog post. This blog is meant for all ambulatory surgery center leaders (whether a charge nurse or an administrator) as a means to stay in the know (read:…

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By: Beverly Kirchner BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC
August 21, 2018
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Vigilance and diligence needed to enforce hand hygiene

Hungarian obstetrician Ingvar Semmelweis recognized the link between hand washing and childbirth fever in the mid-1800s. During his lifetime, this theory was often ignored or mocked, but ultimately hand washing was scientifically proven to prevent infections. Almost two centuries later, hand washing still reigns as the queen of infection prevention,…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
July 23, 2018
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Can technology boost hand hygiene compliance?

Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, hopes technology will one day achieve what no other strategy has thus far: Increase the rate of hand hygiene compliance. Haas, president of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, says it will need to be a small device that does…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
July 23, 2018
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Endoscope fluid, contaminants linger after faulty drying

What does it take to get endoscopes dry? That is the question that prompted a new study on endoscope drying effectiveness by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota). “We asked that question after a study we did 2 years ago found that increasing the automated endoscope reprocessor [AER] drying cycle…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 20, 2018
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