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New ‘dirt’ on surgical centers’ safety gaps [Gross!]

If you’re a little on the older side, you know how dangerous it can be to SET FOOT in a hospital… much less be ADMITTED to one.

For many seniors, it’s a relief to be able to receive outpatient services

Because you can get in and out as quickly as possible — without being SURROUNDED by patients infected with God-knows-what.

You’d THINK that the staffers there are doing EVERYTHING in their power to ensure your safety while you’re there for the procedure.

But according to a shocking new report, that’s not the case.

Far from it!

I’m talking UNTRAINED care providersDIRTY hands… and ZERO accountability.

It’s like the “Wild West” of operating rooms!

Here are some of the risks you could be facing… and how to make your own safety a PRIORITY.

Keep those grubby hands off!

An investigation conducted by a non-profit, independent research group recently EXPOSED the scary truth about safety measures at two major types of outpatient surgery facilities.

Among the 321 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and 1,141 hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that were included, patients are being put at risk in ways never before revealed.

First of all, your care team might not be as educated as you’d THINK they’d be, as the new report shows…

  • a shocking 35% of those who perform surgical procedures are NOT board certified, and
  • as many as 29% of those who administer anesthesia are LACKING board certification.

Those numbers are just what the ASCs and HOPDs have ADMITTED in public, non-anonymous surveys…

So, the ACTUAL statistics are probably far worse.

Why does board certification matter?

Because if something were to go wrong during your same-day procedure… you’d need someone on hand who’s been TRAINED to handle the complication… and already put to the test.

If they’re NOT board-certified, they could have taken the test… and FAILED IT!

But even with the MOST trained care providers on hand and in charge, you could still be at risk.

Some facilities have also confessed to not using a “safe surgery checklist” – the BARE MINIMUM you’d expect from a team that’s going to cut you open and sew you back up!

As a result, some of the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of patient safety are falling short of rigorous standards.

The worst of it?

Hand hygiene.

Only 6% of the HOPDs in the new report were found to use electronic monitoring for hand cleanliness.

And electronic monitoring was MISSING from ALL of the ASCs observed.

Sure, you can assume that the surgical teams are, in fact, washing their hands

But are they scrubbing them ENOUGH? Are they really, truly STERILE?

Without electronic monitoring, there’s no way to know… until somebody gets sick.

Some surgical centers, however, are NEGLECTING to survey their patients after surgery.

Maybe they think what they don’t know can’t hurt them.

But it CAN hurt YOU.

It’s time to hold these facilities accountable.

The next time you’re scheduled for a surgical procedure, ask if your surgeon and anesthesiologist are board-certified. If they’re not, ask if they’re “board-eligible.”

That would mean they’ve completed all of the education necessary to be certified… but just haven’t taken the test yet.

Following your procedure, if you notice signs of infection… don’t wait for the center to call and ask how you’re doing.

Contact your provider… and file a report with the facility management.

But don’t stop there. Go straight to the top.

Reach out to governing bodies — including accreditation organizations, state agencies, and the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.