The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created an infection control audit tool that will assist inspectors and physicians to practice better infection control in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).
This audit tool helps assess compliance by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ conditions for coverage. It also concentrates on the five areas of infection prevention: hand hygiene, injection safety and medication handling, equipment reprocessing, environmental cleaning, and handling blood glucose monitoring equipment.
Some samples from the audit include:
- Operating rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each surgical or invasive procedure with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
- Operating rooms are terminally cleaned daily.
- High-touch surfaces in patient care areas are cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
- The ASC has a procedure in place to decontaminate large spills of blood.
- Additional breaches in environmental cleaning not captured by the questions above were identified.
ASCs now face more patients and surgeries than ever before, so their standards are high for preventing infection. Thanks to the audit as a reference ASCs can continue to provide the best service for their patients.