Member Focus

Focus on Members

Focus on Members

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

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Shana Staab, RN, CAIP

Shana Staab

Title: Infection Control/Quality Review, Risk Management and Accreditation
Facility Name: Surgery Center Cedar Rapids
City: Cedar Rapids
State: Iowa
Length of time your facility has been an ASCA member: Five or more years

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How do you organize your SDS binder? Do you include medications?

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We use SDS BinderWorks, which is a single-source SDS management system. It is a user-friendly website and mobile app. It provides inventory preparation and ongoing maintenance. It is readily available for all employees via a website or mobile app. We have utilized this system for eight years.

We include hazardous medications.

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Do you document temperature/humidity in noncritical care areas? Why or why not?

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At Surgery Center Cedar Rapids, we do not document temperature and humidity in noncritical areas. Here's why:

  1. Cost effectiveness: It is more practical to focus on monitoring in critical areas where patient safety is of utmost importance.
  2. Regulatory requirements: Noncritical areas do not fall under these regulations.
  3. Minimal impact on patient care: Temperature and humidity are less crucial in these spaces.
  4. Prioritization of resources: In ASCs, we have limited resources. Staff, time and attention need to be prioritized in critical areas where patient care and safety are the primary concerns.

Specific reasons may vary depending on the policies and priorities of an ASC.