Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Author(s):
Mary Temple Post, RN, MS, CNS, CIC Director, Infection Prevention

Oregon Patient Safety Commission
Portland, OR

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

Ambulatory surgery centers have become a popular alternative for surgical and other procedures that traditionally have been performed in hospital settings. The advance of technology, development of less invasive procedures, and new faster and more effective anesthetics have allowed for the cost-effective, safe delivery of these procedures outside of traditional settings.1As ambulatory surgery centers have evolved, increased regulatory oversight has followed. Infection prevention and control program infrastructure and compliance with nationally recognized guidelines are now required for ambulatory surgery centers by regulatory agencies.2