Baltimore Eye Surgery Infection Control

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baltimore Eye Surgery Infection Control

At Baltimore Washington Eye Surgery Center infection control is an ongoing process and an integral part of the standards for ambulatory surgery centers (ASC's).  In November, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the criteria (Conditions for Coverage or CfC) for infection control compliance mandating a formal system for implementing and maintaining a high standard of quality management in infection control.  ASC's are required to designate a professional staff member to designate an individual who qualifies for this position through continued education and training. 

At Baltimore Washington Eye Center the Ambulatory Surgery Center's Nurse Manager serves in this capacity along with a designated staff member to minimize infection and spread of communicable diseases.  According to the CMS, CfC requires that ambulatory surgery centers use two basic standards as the basis for their formal programs:
  • Provide and maintain a functional and sanitary environment for the provision of surgical services, and
  • Maintain a formal program to prevent, control, and investigate infections and communicable diseases
At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, we work diligently to ensure not only that our surgery center adheres to the highest level of infection control and monitoring, but the rest of the facility as well.  Everyone, including our doctors is engaged in ongoing education regarding infection control through in-service training, mandatory on-line training, flu vaccines, and other training.  In addition, surveillance is incorporated into our monitoring, as required by CMS, to ensure compliance by everyone.  

We also like to encourage all of our patients to incorporate infection control standards into their daily lives to help reduce the amount of infections and communicable diseases.  Hand-washing is the single most important measure in preventing infection.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when washing your hands with soap and water:
  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  • Rinse hands well under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
Stay healthy!

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area that staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis  of cataracts, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK Eye Surgery, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.