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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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substantial costs, both in terms of dollars and reputations lost. These simple precautions and lessons learned could save future lives and protect your facility from costly lawsuits. OSM Mr. Wong (mwong@ppahs.org) is the executive director of the Physician- Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS). Frank Overdyk, MSEE, MD, a staff anesthesiologist at Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, S.C., Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS, system vice president and chief medical officer at St. Vincent's Healthcare of Ascension Health in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONC-C, a PPAHS consultant, contributed. J U l y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 9 Soon after Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest and lost con- sciousness in August 2014 at yorkville Endoscopy, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) stripped the Manhattan GI center of its accreditation. However, an AAAASF surveyor disputes Mr. Wong's assertion that the agency's ventilation standard requirements weren't stringent enough at the time of Ms. Rivers's fateful endoscopy. "Currently and at the time of the case in question, AAAASF standards require facilities to monitor ventilation by multiple methods, including pulse oximetry. AAAASF ventilation standard requirements were consistent with ASA guidelines at that time," says Monte Jay Goldstein, MD, surveyor for AAAASF and anesthe- siologist at Jandee/Karadan Anesthesiology in Ramsey, N.J., in a written statement. yorkville Endoscopy is now accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). — Kendal Gapinski ACCREDITOR RESPONDS AAAASF Defends Anesthesia Monitoring Standards

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