Author Archive for: Libby Chinnes

IC considerations for toys in the waiting room

February 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s common for medical facilities to keep books and toys in the waiting room to entertain children who come in, but along with those books and toys come infection prevention considerations. Toys are problematic, mainly because children can’t resist the urge to stuff them in their mouth.

There are a variety of ways to deal with this issue, all of which revolve around building a policy and communicating that policy to staff members and patients.

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Management under fire: Surviving a CMS survey at your ASC

November 25th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Technically ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) across the country have been under fire for proper infection control procedures for the last few years, given the number of well-publicized incidents that have brought these issues to the surface.

Still, it wasn’t until May that ASCs came under regulatory fire, when CMS established Conditions of Coverage that included basic infection control procedures.

But now that CMS state surveyors have been awarded $9 million from the federal government, along with a new infection control survey which has been developed with help from the CDC, more than one-third of non-accredited ASCs will see a state surveyor in the next 12 months.

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Standard precautions trump scheduling with MRSA patients

September 23rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: I am curious as to the scheduling of a known MRSA patient in the operating room (OR). Are there any regulations as to whether they should be done the first case of the day or the last?

A: Whether you schedule known MRSA patients in the OR first or last isn’t nearly as important as how your OR staff is trained.

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The evolution of the infection preventionist

July 22nd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

There is little doubt the role of infection preventionists (IP) is becoming more important and more diverse as dangerous infections evolve and infiltrate our nation’s hospitals.

But it’s also a role that is new for many healthcare sectors, especially the ambulatory care sector, where CMS Conditions for Coverage now require ambulatory surgery centers to appoint a trained professional in charge of the infection prevention program. In other facilities like long-term care, or long term acute care (LTACs), the IP position is in place, but may be divided among numerous other responsibilities such as supervisor, staff educator, employee health coordinator, etc. Therefore, IPs in any setting must be given the proper training, time, and resources to do the job.

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IC tips on complying with CMS CfCs for ambulatory surgery centers

July 1st, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s been just over a month since CMS officially implement its new CfCs for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC), but some people are still concerned about whether their facility is meeting the requirements. When I attended the APIC conference a few weeks ago I heard a number of people requesting guidance on this subject.

Below are a few suggestions that might help a new IP at an ASC:

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