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APIC conference updates: Ambulatory care

More updates from APICs “Healthcare-associated infections: A changing legal and regulatory landscape [1]. For the previous two updates, click here for part 1, [2] and here for part 2 [3].

This session might be of particular interest to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor audience since it focused specifically on HAI prevention in ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).

The first to present was Dr. Joseph Perz, the prevention team leader for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s worked extensively with safe injection practices, which have been a problem in recent years among ASCs. Some of his major points:

The second speaker was Angela Brice-Smith, RN, BSN, MPA, the deputy director of the survey & certification group at CMS. Brice-Smith focused on CMS efforts to address IC deficiencies in ASCs.

The last presenter was Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, the deputy director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the CDC. He focused mainly on pay for performance initiatives to promote prevention measures.