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Infection Prevention Practices in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Bradley, Sharon RN, CIC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: July 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 7 - p 64–67
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000451690.98727.26
Safety Monitor

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System is a confidential, statewide Internet reporting system to which all Pennsylvania hospitals, outpatient-surgery facilities, and birthing centers, as well as some abortion facilities, must file information on medical errors.

Safety Monitor is a column from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, the authority that informs nurses on issues that can affect patient safety and presents strategies they can easily integrate into practice. For more information on the authority, visit www.patientsafetyauthority.org. For the original article discussed in this column or for other articles on patient safety, click on “Patient Safety Advisories” and then “Advisory Library” in the left-hand navigation menu.

Sharon Bradley is a senior infection prevention analyst at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Plymouth Meeting, PA. This article is adapted from “Strategies to Fully Implement Infection Control Practices in Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgical Facilities,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2013;10(3):99-106. Contact author: sbradley@ecri.org. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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