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4 Advantages of Surgery in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

We all know outpatient care at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is better. We might be partial though since we live, eat and breath it everyday. Recently, healthcare leaders were surveyed on industry trends and their points back up our feelings on ASCs being the best. read more »

Past Blogs

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An ASC PreOp Nurse’s Guide to Ejection Fraction and CHF – Part 3: Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

In Part 1 of this 4-part series, I talked about what Ejection Fraction (EF) is. In Part 2, I talked about the classifications of normal and abnormal EF. In this 3rd blog article in the series, I’ll talk about Congestive Heart Failure - commonly known as just CHF. read more »

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3 Steps to Becoming an Accredited ASC

The aim of Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is to help improve not only the quality of care and value that accredited organizations provide to their patients, but also how well these ambulatory care facilities run. There are a few important steps your ASC... read more »

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A PreOp Nurse’s Guide to Ejection Fraction and CHF- Part 2

As we learned in Part 1 of this article, EF is one of the most, if not THE most important thing to know about any patient that you are preoping because of the profound implications of EF on a patient’s overall health as well as how the patient will respond to anesthesia. read more »

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A PreOp Nurse’s Guide to Ejection Fraction and CHF- Part 1

Disclaimer: I LOVE cardiac physiology. I spent the first decade of my career doing hearts almost every day at the New England Deaconess Hospital. Lots of liver transplants too. With my engineering mindset, cardiac physiology just clicked. However, there are a lot of nurses (and doctors too!) who really don’t understand cardiac... read more »

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Utilization of Online Patient Registration and Pre-admissions for Ambulatory Surgery

Over the 20 years that I have run One Medical Passport, probably the most frequent question that I get asked from ambulatory surgery centers that are considering an online pre-admissions system is: “What percentage of my patients can I expect to use the system?” read more »

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An Ambulatory Surgery Center PreOp Nurse’s Guide To Cardiac Testing – Part 3 Nuclear Medicine Stress Test

This is blog 3 of 3 explaining the most common types of cardiac testing encountered when doing preop evaluations of patients at ambulatory surgery centers. I’ve already talked about two of the best cardiac tests: EKG and ECHO. read more »

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