AORN Offers New ASC Infection Prevention Course

AORN offers a new infection prevention course that assists ASCs in meeting CMS requirements.

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that want to ensure they have implemented a quality infection control program with patient safety outcomes can enroll in the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)s new infection prevention course designed to equip administrators and staff with information that will aid them in meeting CMS requirements.

The four module course follows the CMS surveyor worksheet, focusing on the observations and assessments that are made during accreditation visits. Modules include training on sterilization and high -evel disinfection, hand hygiene practices, environmental infection control practices, and practices related to point of care devices and injection practices.

"In addition to collecting information about how your ASC provides services such as; anesthesia, environmental cleaning, linen, nursing, pharmacy, sterilization, reprocessing and waste management, the surveyor will make a determination on the basis and scope of your infection control program, said AORN director of perioperative education Susan Bakewell, MS, RN-BC. "The ASC infection prevention course contains rationale and supporting evidence for the parameters of a successful infection control program."

The course was made possible through a grant provided by the 3M Foundation and the 3M Infection Prevention Division to the AORN Foundation.

Learn more about this informative new course at and also get details about the 2010 Ambulatory Surgery Conferences in Denver.