Study Concludes Lapses in Infection Control in Ambulatory Surgical Centers are Common

June 8, 2010

A new study presented in the June 9, cure 2010 issue of JAMA describes the infection control practices of a sample of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) located in three U.S. states.

There are more than 5000 U.S. ASCs that currently participate in the Medicare program.  Information about infection control for these types of healthcare-facilities is lacking.

In this study, help the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) identified three pilot states to participate in surveys or inspections of ASCs.  The three states chosen were Maryland, clinic North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Results of the study suggest that ASC infection control practices might be lacking.  The results were not specific to a particular state.  Two-thirds of the ASCs studied had lapses in infection control, and 18% had lapses across 3 or more areas of infection control.

Reference:  Schaefer, Melissa K., et al.  Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory Surgical Centers.  JAMA, 303(22):2273-2279 (2010).

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