A Primer for Designated Infection Control Managers in Ambulatory Surgical Settings, 4th Ed.

REGISTERThe Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires ambulatory surgery centers toestablish and maintain a fully coordinated infection control program as specified in CMS Regulation 42 CFR Part 416.51 entitled Conditions for Coverage: Infection Control. Newly appointed infection control officers must be knowledgeable about the regulatory requirements pertaining to the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive program within an ambulatory surgery center.

The goal of this program is to provide participants with the evidence-based principles and practices that are widely accepted as the foundation of a successful infection control program in the ambulatory surgical setting.

In addition to the course work, participants will be provided with reference material and links to all nationally recognized infection control guidelines and recommendations which are essential to achieve CMS compliance and foster the development of effective infection control policies and procedures in the ambulatory surgical setting.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AORN recognized this activity as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition did not imply that AORN or the ANCC Commission on Accreditation approved or endorsed any product included in the presentation.

The contact hours for this activity expire: March 1st, 2020.

Target Audience

Nurses and Health Professionals who are administratively responsible for the infection control program in an ambulatory surgical setting.

Purpose / Goal

The goal of this program is to present registered nurses and other interested healthcare professionals with the principles and practices that are widely accepted as the foundation of a successful infection control program in the ambulatory surgical setting.

Contact Hours

5.5 Contact Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this activity.


Neither the planners nor the presenters have any conflict of interest related to this program. No commercial support has been obtained for this offering. There is no discussion of a product used for a purpose other than for which it is approved by the FDA.


Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Appraise a new or existing infection control program at an ASC for compliance with CMS requirements.

2. Evaluate the competency of the designated infection control program manager at an ASC.

3. Summarize mechanisms by which pathogenic organisms are transmitted to patients and staff in the health care setting.

4. Identify practical strategies to reduce the risk of transmission of pathogenic organisms.

5. Choose personal protective equipment appropriate to the task being performed.

6. Assess engineering controls that reduce exposure of patients and staff to pathogens.

7. Describe work practice controls that reduce exposure of patients to pathogens.

8. Determine the correct method for reprocessing a piece of reusable patient care equipment.

9. Cite the most important considerations in the sterilization process of critical patient care equipment.

10. Specify the conditions under which immediate use steam sterilization may be performed.

11. Outline important steps in reprocessing semicritical patient care equipment.

12. Summarize the important considerations disinfecting non-critical patient care items.

13. Explain the liability associated with reprocessing a single-use disposable item.

14. Propose occupational health strategies for preventing the transmission of communicable diseases in ambulatory surgical settings.

15. List the procedures necessary to manage employee exposures to blood or body fluids containing blood.

Requirements for Successful Completion of this Activity

Using this Self-Directed Learning Module, participants must review the objectives and read the materials. As participants read through the material on th e course pages, they will be occasionally prompted to answer exam questions.There is a total of 42 multiple choice questions in this program. A grade of 80% (34 correct answers) must be achieved along with submission of a program evaluation to receive a certificate.

The Course Reference Page available at the completion of the course will contain many useful reference documents from notable sources pertinent to material covered in this course. Links to all nationally recognized guidelines and recommendations necessary to serve as the basis for development of policies and procedures in the ambulatory surgical setting (as required by CMS) will be available on that page at all times following successful completion of the course.

The course work was authored by Regina Napolitano, RN, MA, CIC who serves as the Senior Education Development Specialist at ProCEO Inc. (www.ProCEO.com).

No commercial support has been obtained for this offering.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this course is $69.00. Your registration fee includes two opportunities to pass the examination and permanent access to all reference material.

If you have any questions or concerns about this course, you may contact a Customer Service representative at 888-345-6788, or e-mail us at ceo.contact7@proceo.com.