As more surgeries are moving out of the hospital setting, effective emergency response in freestanding ambulatory surgery centers requires organized preparedness. Rapid, consistent emergency response can be challenged by their rarity of occurrence, fast-paced environment, and relative lack of resources. Anesthesiologists who practice in these settings must be aware of the differences between the management of an anesthetic emergency in the hospital with virtually unlimited resources and staff, versus an ambulatory surgery center with limited resources and slightly different goal: stabilization and transfer of care. Regular simulation-based training schedules are effective for ambulatory surgery center preparedness for emergency response.

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)? Jeff Blankenship, President of Surgical Notes and Surgical Funds, and Woodrow Woody Moore, Moore & Associates Healthcare Consulting, LLC, appear on Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker to explain Ambulatory Surgery Centers and discuss the market in Hawaii. ThinkTech Hawaii streams live on the Internet from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every weekday afternoon, Hawaii Time, then streaming earlier shows through the night. Check us out any time for great content and great community. Our vision is to be a leader in shaping a more vital and thriving Hawaii as the foundation for future generations. Our mission is to be the leading digital media platform raising pubic awareness and promoting civic engagement in Hawaii.

On January 10, 2019, AHRQ hosted a webcast that provided information on the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture™ (SOPS™) Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey. This webcast included a review of the SOPS ASC program, survey administration, how to calculate and present results, how to use these results for improvement, and resources available. The webcast also introduced the new SOPS ASC Database, an important resource for patient safety culture improvement. The speakers are AHRQ’s Caren Ginsberg, and Theresa Famolaro and Joann Sorra from Westat.



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