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 Receives Renewal as ASC Accreditation Agency in California

HFAP, a health care accreditation program founded in 1945, was recently renewed as an approved accreditation agency for ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) in California. HFAP already has deeming authority for ASCs from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), allowing HFAP to conduct accreditation surveys and assess compliance with the Medicare Conditions for Coverage for ASCs.

The Medical Board of California awarded the approval after HFAP met all of the application requirements including accreditation standards and payment of renewal fees. The approval is valid through December 31, 2019.

“At HFAP, we pride ourselves on our customer-centered approach to accreditation that provides health care organizations with a relevant and comprehensive survey, as well as ongoing support and interaction with our team throughout the accreditation cycle,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of HFAP. “All organizations have ready access to resources and education to ensure continuing opportunities for learning, growth and advancement before, during and in between surveys.”

HFAP also holds deeming authority for clinical laboratories and acute care and critical access hospitals. In addition, HFAP’s new joint arthroplasty certification (launching in June) will join lithotripsy services, and wound care, as specialty recognition relevant to ambulatory facilities.

For more information on HFAP accreditation programs, visit



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *