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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Ambulatory Surgery Center Completes $12 Million Remodel

In October, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic unveiled a newly remodeled and expanded ambulatory surgery center (ASC) at the Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., Main Campus. The ASC renovation project lasted over 20 months, completely reconfiguring the space to improve patient flow from the lobby to pre-op and recovery, as well as adding two operating rooms, and replacing and expanding the endoscopy suites and the pain management suite. This $12 million capital project has added more than 10,000 square feet of usable space to the Kelsey-Seybold ASC, bringing the total square footage to over 38,000. With 15 procedure rooms, including seven endoscopy suites, seven operating suites and one pain management suite, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic now has the largest freestanding non-hospital based ASC in Texas.

“When it comes to the surgical care of conditions, the ambulatory surgery center has always been the most efficient way to safely provide affordable, outpatient care. It connects the right patient, in the right setting, with the right provider using the right tools,” said Jose Nolla, M.D., chief of staff of the ASC and an orthopedic surgeon at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “The completely remodeled ASC at Main Campus enhances our capabilities and capacity to safely perform procedures here that were previously done in a hospital-based setting.”

Over the past three years, the Spencer R. Berthelsen Main Campus Clinic has undergone a $50-million transformation that brought more specialties under one roof by remodeling the existing space, adding nuclear medicine, expanding the cancer center, adding radiation oncology and PET/CT to the list of services offered to cancer patients and increasing the size of the main campus pharmacy and clinical laboratory to improve patient service. The ASC is the final key area to undergo a transformation.

The Kelsey-Seybold ASC is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Kirksey Architecture designed the ASC, and Gamma Construction was the general contractor for the project.

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