Ambulatory Surgery

November 1, 2009 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Trends in ambulatory surgery, including an increased total volume of outpatient procedures and a shift from surgeries being performed in hospital-based facilities to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), have implications for risk management, specifically with regard to the location of ambulatory surgery services and in the areas of patient safety and quality of care.

Special attention must be paid to certain key issues for ambulatory surgery in all settings. These issues include patient screening and selection, physician credentialing and staff competence, patient safety...

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