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.

HFAP Quality Report Identifies Top Accreditation Deficiencies

According to the newly released HFAP Quality Report 2017, many health care facilities struggle to comply with emergency management, physical environment and life safety code standards when undergoing an accreditation survey. These top areas of deficiencies underscore the importance of collaboration between clinical, administrative and engineering teams to ensure facilities are monitored and maintained to meet current regulations.

The HFAP Quality Report provides key insights garnered from HFAP surveyors’ ratings of compliance collected during 2016 onsite surveys of acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAH), laboratories and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). The report highlights the frequency of deficiencies associated with the health care physical environment in an effort to emphasize the significant role engineering teams and facilities managers play in creating safe health care environments.

“HFAP’s Quality Report is designed to not only list the top deficiencies identified during surveys, but also provide common examples from surveyors’ experiences, as well as tips for how to improve and achieve compliance,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS, which manages HFAP. “We use the data collected from all surveys to create a comprehensive, educational resource to support customized quality improvement across all the types of facilities HFAP accredits.”

To download the HFAP Quality Report 2017 or for more information on the HFAP accreditation process, visit



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