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Infection Rate in Accredited Ambulatory Facilities is Lower than in Hospitals
Date:6/21/2010

The National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System Basic SSI Risk Index "showed an rate of infection 33 times greater than that reported for our accredited ambulatory surgery centers.

(PRWEB) June 18, 2010 -- The article, Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory Surgical Centers, by Melissa K Schaefer, Michael Jhung et al (JAMA 2010;303(22):2273 - 2279) correctly places emphasis on the importance of adherence to infection control policies but, unfortunately, leaves the impression that patients are at a greater risk for exposure to infections in ambulatory surgery centers. This, simply stated, is not the case.



The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) is one of the most recognized authorities in the accreditation of office based and ambulatory surgery centers both nationally and internationally. “Our standards thoroughly cover infection control policies. We mandate 100% compliance with these standards which include bi-annual reporting to our comprehensive peer review system,” says Dr. Lawrence Reed, AAAASF Board President.

In a study of over 400,000 outpatient surgical procedures performed in our accredited facilities published in 2004 ("Analysis of Outpatient Surgery Center Safety Using an Internet-Based Quality Improvement and Peer Review Program published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,) 411,670 outpatient procedures were analyzed. The infection rate was 0.09% (one infection for every 1,061 procedures). All infections responded to conservative wound care and or antibiotics. AAAASF data used
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