Better Infection Control Starts with Hygiene Merit
In 2006, an estimated 53.4 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed during 34.7 million ambulatory surgery visits. Of those 34.7 million visits, 57% occurred in hospitals and 43% occurred in freestanding ASCs. The rate of visits to freestanding ASCs increased about 300% from 1996 to 2006, whereas the rate of visits to hospital-based surgery centers remained largely unchanged. Infection prevention challenges have never been greater as ASCs strive to move patients in & out quickly while keeping patient safety a top priority. Hygiene Merit (HM) has focused special attention on infection prevention practices in ASCs.