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CMS tool for hospitals will go beyond ASC survey
Hand hygiene, needle use likely included
A survey tool to assess infection control in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use by inspectors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As the two agencies discuss creating a similar tool for hospital inspections, an expansion beyond the ambulatory care model is expected. That survey tool included some basic environmental cleaning, disinfection and sterilization requirements along with soliciting a "yes" or "no" response in the following areas:
I. Hand Hygiene
II. Injection Practices (medications, saline, other infusates)