Using an Infection Control Risk Assessment to Create an Infection Control Plan for an ASC, 5th Ed.

Regulations require ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) to perform an assessment of facility-specific infection risks and formulate, in writing, a plan to address those risks. These strategies are intended to ensure that ASCs are taking active steps to prevent transmission of infections to patients, staff, and visitors.

This course will provide the basic information and tools necessary to perform an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) at an ASC and to create an Infection Control Plan based on the findings of the risk assessment.

The course material will give step by step instructions on the process of performing an Infection Control Risk Assessment and writing an Infection Control Plan. In addition, participants will be provided with:

-downloadable reference material and links to nationally recognized infection control guidelines useful in performing the risk assessment and writing the Infection Control Plan

- an Infection Control Risk Assessment Tool in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. The tool facilitates the evaluation of infection risks in a systematic way and can be used for accreditation surveys to document compliance with standards.

- an Infection Control Plan template in the form of a Word document.


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.

Contact Hours

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

The contact hours for this activity expire June 5, 2021.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this training activity, a perioperative RN, who has infection control program responsibilities at an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), will gain the knowledge, resources and tools sufficient to perform an Infection Control Risk Assessment. The perioperative RN will additionally acquire the skill to use the information gathered through this assessment to prioritize infection control risks and create an Infection Control Plan for the ASC.


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

1. Discuss how performing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) benefits an ASC.

2. Outline six strategies useful in identifying infection risks in the ASC.

3. Name the four categories of infection risks that are assessed in the ASC.

4. Use the ICRA tool to calculate Risk Scores for infection hazards.

5. Define “prioritized risks”.

6. Explain how Risk Scores are applied to determine prioritized risks.

7. State the purpose of the ASC’s Infection Control Plan.

8. Cite three sources of evidence-based information that can be used to devise infection prevention strategies.

9. Create a basic Infection Control Plan for an ASC based on the results of the ICRA.

Requirements for Successful Completion of this Program

Using this Self-Directed Learning Module, participants must review the objectives, read the materials, and complete the examination questions. 


As participants read through the material on the course pages, they will be occasionally prompted to answer exam questions. There is a total of 12 multiple choice questions in this program.

Continuing Education Certificates and Contact Hours

A grade of 80% (10 correct answers) must be achieved along with submission of a program evaluation to receive a certificate. 


The course work was authored by Regina Napolitano, RN, MA, who serves as the Senior Education Development Specialist at Continuing Education Online (

The author and planning committee members have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

No commercial support has been obtained for this offering.  

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this course is $39.00. Your registration fee includes two opportunities to pass the examination and permanent access to all reference material.

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