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June 5, 2018

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Learn to develop a comprehensive, compliant infection control training program during ASCA’s next webinar, Infection Control Training Inside Your ASC, scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar will deliver ideas for training your entire ASC staff and provide practical solutions for presenting information that all health care providers will be encouraged to read.

This program is also included in ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 18 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Sign up now for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, June 14. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with a large pool of quality ASC-industry job-seekers. Interviews are conducted via instant message and Skype, saving you time and money on travel expenses. Recruiters must register by this Friday, June 8; job-seekers can sign up through June 14. Register today.
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Last week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) published updated guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. These updated guidelines are a result of an analysis by ACS researchers that revealed an increase of colorectal cancer cases in younger adults. The ACS recommends beginning screening at age 45.

Join ASCA in spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information, visit ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care website or contact Heather Falen Ashby.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in three recent ASCA surveys. We received important feedback that will help us better design our content and educational offerings to ensure they are relevant to you and your staff. Three participants from each survey were randomly selected to receive a prize in appreciation of their time and insights. View the full list of survey prize winners!
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Join us in celebrating ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week, to be held June 18–22! We will be giving recognition and prizes to our awesome members throughout the week, so like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to get the most up-to-date news regarding this event. Learn more about Member Appreciation Week.
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Finance & Accounting for ASCs is the indispensable guide every ASC manager needs to maintain the financial health of their facility. This valuable handbook—now in its third edition—covers information on basic accounting principles, financial statements, financial analysis, benchmarking, preparing strategic plans, budgeting and more. Get yours today.
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One World Surgery in Chicago, Illinois, a nonprofit, partners with communities, health care providers and leaders in health care to deliver surgical services globally. Read this ASC Focus cover story to find out what ASCs can do to help, then apply for the ASCA Foundation’s Medical Mission Scholarship Program, which provides funding for ASCA members interested in One World Surgery’s medical mission opportunities.
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Industry News


Report: Fragile Supply Chain Causing Antibiotic Shortages, Resistance Threat
CIDRAP (05/31/18)

A new report is warning about an emerging crisis in the global antibiotic supply chain that's causing antibiotic shortages and contributing to antimicrobial resistance. In a white paper released today, the Dutch nonprofit Access to Medicine Foundation argues that a fragile global supply chain that's dependent on a small number of antibiotics manufacturers, along with a financially unstable economic model, are responsible for shortages of antibiotics on a global and national level.

Recommendations to Reduce Surgical Fires and Related Patient Injury
FDA Safety Communication (06/01/18)

The FDA is reminding health care professionals and health care facility staff of factors that increase the risk of surgical fires on or near a patient. The FDA is also recommending practices to reduce these fires from occurring, including the safe use of medical devices and products commonly used during surgical procedures.

New Quick Safety Advisory from The Joint Commission to Prepare Health Care Organizations for Disasters
Joint Commission Press Release (05/31/18) Bronk, Katie Looze

Power failure, fire, flood, industrial accident, cyberattack—disasters such as these can put both health care organizations and their patients at risk. A new Quick Safety advisory from The Joint Commission provides health care organizations with risk factors, safety recommendations and research on how to continue operations during an emergency.

FDA Works to Mitigate Shortages of IV Drugs, Shorten Supply Disruptions, and Better Predict Vulnerabilities
FDA News Release (05/31/18) Gottlieb, Scott

Without question, one of the most frustrating challenges that health care providers and patients must contend with is when a drug that's medically necessary and critical to patient care is unavailable due to a shortage. We know that the uncertainty over how long a drug will be in shortage, how to ration supplies in the meantime, or worse, how to prepare for a sudden event that might place unforeseen demands on a product that’s in short supply, adds burdens and stress on providers and patients.

American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline
American Cancer Society News (05/30/18)

The American Cancer Society has released an updated guideline for colorectal cancer screening. Among the major guideline changes, the new recommendations say screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk.

Integrated Cataract Surgery System Makes Procedure Faster, More Precise
Ocular Surgery News (05/24/18) Cimberle, Michela

Integration of leading technologies significantly improves performance during cataract surgery, saving time in the OR and improving efficiency in the preoperative stages. Here at the OSN Italy meeting, Rolando Toyos, MD, showed in a study that 3 full minutes of surgical time were saved by using the Zeiss surgical system, integrating the IOLMaster 700 and the Opmi Lumera T microscope with the Callisto software.

Healthcare Price Transparency in U.S. Not Improved in Recent Years
Reuters (05/31/18) Crist, Caroline

Although government measures and healthcare industry initiatives have tried to make prices more accessible to U.S. patients recently, researchers say there has been little improvement. In a follow-up to a 2011 study, researchers canvassed hospitals and surgeons trying to get price quotes for a full hip-replacement surgery.

Skimping Can't Save Seniors From Upped Med Cost
Associated Press (06/04/18) Alonso-Zaldivar, Ricardo

Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs--but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report due out Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older people and taxpayers.

Spousal Consent Contributes to Success of Outpatient THA
Orthopedics Today (05/18) Rapp, Susan M.

Outpatient total hip arthroplasty was successful and was not associated with serious adverse events in 95 percent of patients, according to Erwan Pansard, MD, who said consent to outpatient THA by the patient and his or her family was essential to these results. At the EFORT Annual Congress, here, Pansard said he and his colleagues in France hypothesized that outpatient THA would be safe and feasible to perform.

Inside the OR of the Future: X-Ray Vision, 'Siri for Surgeons,' and More
Advisory Board (05/31/18)

Hospitals are eyeing—and in some cases, have already adopted—futuristic OR designs and technologies to make surgery more effective and less risky, Laura Landro reports for the Wall Street Journal. According the Journal, hospitals are making the changes as part of a shift away from open procedures that commonly lead to heavy blood loss and lengthy hospital stays.


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