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The Importance of Infection Control and Prevention in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (CE)

Approximately two million hospital patients develop healthcare associated infections (HAIs) each year. This is about 10% of all patients admitted to the hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 99,000 patients die annually. Caring for patients with HAI costs billions of dollars each year. One of the most important safety priorities for all ambulatory surgery centers is reducing or preventing the spread of infection. Nurse and healthcare providers need to know the importance of infection control and prevention in order to help increase patient safety. This activity will discuss the importance of infection control, how infections spread, how to block the spread of infection, as well as the nurse's role and responsibility for infection control.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of infection control as it relates to patient safety in an ambulatory surgery setting.
  • Identify how infections spread in ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Recognize effective strategies for decreasing the spread of infection in ambulatory surgery centers.
  • List the staff's responsibilities for reducing the risk of infection to patients in the ASC.