Inspections reveal IC lapses in more than 75% of Illinois ASCs

By: July 21st, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

After a recently published study revealed that two-thirds of ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) had deficiencies in infection control, a new report shows lapses are even more prevalent in the state of Illinois.

State reports show that nearly 76% (22 of 29) of ASCs inspected in the last year were cited for infection control problems, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Some of those violations included cleaning and reusing single-use devices, improperly wearing surgical masks, and wearing earrings and necklaces into the OR when the facility’s policy banned jewelry for IC reasons.

Reports also detailed instances in which staff members picked up debris off the floor, deposited it in the trash, and began examining a patient without washing their hands, according to the AP article. In anther instance one facility was using a commercial dishwasher to clean surgical equipment.

The AP also has a full list of facilities and the infection control violations that occurred. For more infection control guidance, download the “Infection prevention requirements in ASCs: A Q&A on CMS compliance, common pitfalls, and best practices” on the Tools page.

Comments

By Monte Fulton on July 21st, 2010 at 10:12 am

Re: “Reports also detailed instances in which staff members picked up debris off the floor, deposited it in the trash, and began examining a patient without washing their hands, according to the AP article.”

Just curious. How were these reports compiled? Were various surgery center staffers assigned roles as “secret shoppers” to document procedures? Or, were the observances documented by outside auditors?

Also, was this a random audit, or was the surgery staff notified of the audit ahead of time?

By Lisa Hicks on July 21st, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I would be curious to know the infection rates in the facilities that were cited. Some deficiencies were of the “paper” nature and not necessarily wrong practices.

 

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