Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Mary Temple Post, RN, MS, CNS, CIC Director, Infection Prevention

Oregon Patient Safety Commission
Portland, OR

Original Publication:
October 2, 2014


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.Ref 65-1 Barie PS. Infection control practices in ambulatory surgical centers. JAMA 2010;303(22):2295–2297. - You do not have permission to view this object. As 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.Ref 65-2 Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). State Operations Manual Appendix L - Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Center... - You do not have permission to view this object.