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Patient Experience - June 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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vention officer. Earning a CIC (Certified Infection Control) certificate is a plus, and in some states is required. Create algorithms to meet and track deadlines. Some websites will send email reminders about upcoming inspections and equipment pre- ventive maintenance. Business card files are an absolute must to maintain contacts with vendors and biomedical companies. It's not unusual for ASC administrators to fall behind keeping up with the regulatory issues, especially when there is an upcoming accreditation inspection at an ASC that hasn't been compliant for years, especially with all the biomedical inspections and certifications, such as the UPS (uninterrupted power supply), air exchange devices, plumbing, monitors and anesthesia machines. You must have proof that all devices are within compliance guidelines, and it can be costly to keep them there. Hope you like to teach, because you'll need to conduct monthly in- services for all clinical personnel on such infection control topics as bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and hand sanitizing. Hope you enjoy QI/QA programs, because you must conduct quarterly projects that have the 10-step guide that meets the CMS certification standard. And hope you like to post warning and reminder signs throughout your facility, because that also falls on your plate. You'll also have to find time to admit patients, recover patients or circulate in the OR. Why does an ASC administrator have to wear so many hats? One, because you're that rare breed of expert clinician who possesses busi- ness acumen, and two, you're a lot less expensive than a dozen con- sultants. You are the ASC's savior. And as they say, uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. OSM Mr. Luckett (tim-luckett@hotmail.com) is the administrator and director of nursing of a multi-specialty outpatient surgery center in the Los Angeles area that performs more than 14,000 cases per year. J U N E 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 0 9

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