New IC/safety chapter added to AAAHC regulations

By: December 16th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

This week the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) released updated standards for 2010.

Of interest to this readership is the new chapter devoted to infection control and safety (Chapter 7). The revisions will be effective with the publication of the 2010 Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care in February.

The new chapter includes standards from several existing chapters into one chapter and new standards related to IC and safety.

Some of the major requirements in the new standards are:

  • A program that is designated by a trained and qualified healthcare professional
  • A program that reduces the risk of HAIs with current, nationally-recognized best-practices
  • Acceptable standards of practice, including manufacturers recommendations for sterilization and disinfection of medical instruments and equipment
  • Cleaning patient care areas
  • Isolation policies for patients with communicable diseases
  • Policies on food and drink in work areas
  • Fire safety

The handbook will also include a section entitled “Policies and Procedures for Ambulatory Surgery Centers Seeking AAAHC Accreditation and Medicare Deemed Status,” which provides directions and details for organizations seeking AAAHC/Medicare deemed status, including a “crosswalk” between AAAHC standards and Medicare requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).


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