Infection Control of Surgery Centers
What is a Surgery Center?
A surgery center is an outpatient health care facility where surgeries and procedures are performed outside of a hospital setting.
Hospital vs. Surgery Center?
A surgery center can be an ideal choice for those in need of an outpatient procedure, specifically an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy, who are in good health. For most people, surgery centers end up being more economical and the care is typically more attentive in comparison to a large hospital due to the intimate setting. Surgery centers also deal with healthier patients, and this in conjunction with practicing thorough and quality sterilization techniques, tends to yield lower infection transmission. Other reasons we like using outpatient surgical centers are the excellent staff that we are very familiar with, consistent anaesthesiologist professionalism, easier scheduling, affordable rates, weekend procedures, faster processing times, great parking, newest equipment, runs on time like a well-oiled machine, and high patient ratings.
How do surgery centers implement infection control?
A couple of our initiatives have been updated in 2017 in addition to the previously upheld hygiene protocols. This protocol includes, but are not limited to, thorough patient assessment, direct observation of decontamination and sterilization processing, strict adherence to surgical attire, proper hand hygiene, and follow up and investigation of any reported infections.
Which surgery center does Dr. Treyzon use for his colonoscopies and upper endoscopies?
Dr. Treyzon typically uses La Peer Surgery Center which was recently highlighted for its infection prevention program by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. This program "aims to reduce the incidence of infections and to control sources, thereby reducing or eliminating the potential for healthcare-associated infections (HAI). It is a plan of action for preventing, identifying, and managing infections and communicable diseases and immediately implementing corrective and preventative measures that result in improvement."
What is the rate of infection at La Peer Surgery Center?
Their monthly average is less than 1%. In the past 5 years, they have maintained an infection rate of less than 1%. This is considerably lower than hospital surgical infection rates. Furthermore, the seriousness of the infections tends to be much less than that of hospital-associated infections.
More information about safety standards for surgery centers and how La Peer has successfully implemented them can be read here