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Preventing Coronavirus Transmission in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

A pre-recorded Joint Commission webinar.

This pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the spectrum of clinical presentations and routes of transmission of COVID-19 with an emphasis on key issues and prevention strategies that freestanding surgical centers should consider prior to resuming elective procedures.

Update as of 9/25/2020: Slide 63 has been changed to reflect the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoking the Emergency Use Authorization (Protective Barrier Enclosures Without Negative Pressure Used During the COVID-19 Pandemic May Increase Risk to Patients and Health Care Providers - Letter to Health Care Providers) available at 8/21/2020.


Video Transcript

The time codes for specific sections are provided for quick reference:

  • COVID-19 Symptoms and Spread (1:32)
  • Are You Ready to Resume Elective Cases? (19:38)
  • Preparations Specific to Ambulatory Surgery Centers (29:26)
  • Scheduling (31:38)
  • Intake (33:52)
  • Preop (38:38)
  • Intra-op (40:40)
  • Postop (44:46)
  • Discharge (46:34)
  • What to Do if a Patient or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 (47:55)
  • Physical Environment (49:40)
  • Staff Health and Wellbeing (54:49)
  • Resources (56:08)

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