A member recently asked us about risk considerations related to performing sinuplasty or adopting other new procedures in the ambulatory setting.
Several risk considerations apply when deciding whether to adopt new procedures or technologies in the ambulatory setting. For example, otolaryngologists who will perform sinuplasties must be properly credentialed and have experience and confidence in handling the instrumentation and in managing conscious patients. Staff must be on hand to prepare the patient, administer medications, assist during the procedure, and monitor patients after the procedure. A plan must also be in place to address treatment side effects that may occur.
Credentialing is a particularly important aspect to consider when adopting new procedures and technologies. ECRI resources available to assist ambulatory care centers in ensuring proper credentialing include the guidance article Credentialing and Privileging and the Credentialing and Privileging Toolkit.
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