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Release Date: October 17, 2016
Expiration Date: October 31, 2019
Ambulatory surgery staff members work as a team with the patient’s physician and the patient to provide safe, efficient, and streamlined care. Ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. Although emergencies rarely occur in the ambulatory environment, preparation for these events is continuous. Federal and state regulations prompt ambulatory surgery teams to consistently focus on quality assurance, performance improvement, and risk management in an effort to ensure reliable patient safety.
The intent of this course is to provide the learner with information focused on the unique specialty of ambulatory surgical care. Ambulatory surgery is an exciting area of practice that offers clinicians variety and growth opportunities. Although this course will assist nurses who are new to ambulatory surgical care or considering entering ambulatory surgical care, it will also provide up-to-date information relevant to the skills and practices of nurses already working in the ambulatory setting.
- Discuss the emergence, advantages, and challenges of ambulatory surgical care.
- Describe the process implemented to assess patients before admission to ensure appropriateness for the ambulatory surgery setting.
- Identify preoperative patient assessment requirements performed by physicians, anesthesia providers, and nurses.
- Recognize the various anesthetic agents and techniques used in the ambulatory setting, and explain how to ensure proper intraoperative patient care related to patient safety and advocacy, including widely accepted infection prevention techniques and safety protocols.
- Discuss common interventions used during postprocedure care to promote patient comfort and safety.
- Identify the various aspects of nursing care needed for the safe transition of the patient from the immediate postoperative recovery phase to discharge from the facility.
- Recognize serious complications and emergencies that may occur during ambulatory surgery and anesthesia.
- Identify unique considerations relative to pediatric, geriatric, and special needs populations in the ambulatory surgical setting.
- Identify influential ambulatory surgery regulatory agencies and professional associations, and articulate their purposes.
- Explain how risk management, patient safety, quality assessment, and performance improvement are integral parts of ambulatory surgical nursing care.
- Explain ancillary support services, special procedures, and the use of special equipment in ambulatory surgery organizations.
- Explain ambulatory surgery leadership and governance, including its structure and common committees.
Angela Kramer, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPS, is the director of ambulatory surgery for BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She earned three board certifications through the Competency and Credentialing Institute, the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification, and the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. She is a certified nurse in the operating room, a certified surgery center administrator, and a certified professional in patient safety. Mrs. Kramer holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in healthcare management. She is a member of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and sits on the association’s committee for education. She is also a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.