Infection control gaps seen at outpatient surgical centers

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, June 9, 2010

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 68 ambulatory surgical centers in three states looking to see how well they complied with infection-control guidelines in five areas, including hand hygiene, injection safety, and environmental cleaning practices. In a study, they report that state inspectors noted at least one lapse at 68% of the centers and saw lapses in at least three areas at 18% of the facilities. At 28% of facilities, medications in single-dose vials were used for more than one patient. Of the 68 facilities, 39 eventually received state citations for infection control deficiencies and 20 for medication administration lapses.


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