SUB-PROBLEMS INCLUDING LEADING TO IMPAIRMENT AND BEST PRACTICES FOR STAND-ALONE SURGICAL UNITS
(See endnotes 54, 55)
Specialized surgical outpatient programs have been developed in stand-alone units where individuals do not have to remain overnight in a hospital for recovery purposes. Up to 80% of operative procedures are now carried out in these day surgery units in the United States. Also, many of the invasive procedures for diagnostic purposes are also carried out in these units. This practice of using off-site facilities has become popular because of a substantial amount of cost-saving and because it reduces the number of inpatient beds needed at hospitals. It has been found that there is a considerable reduction in the risk of cross-infection compared to hospitals if all procedures and standards established by the appropriate authorities including The Joint Commission in the United States are followed rigorously. There is less stress for patients and their families and the patient has a quicker return to normal life. However, it is absolutely essential that each of these units be accredited by The Joint Commission and that the facility follows the accreditation standards for all procedures.
Best Practices for Stand-Alone Surgical Units (contact The Joint Commission for further
information, and see endnote 60)
• It is absolutely essential that each stand-alone surgical unit is accredited by The Joint Commission and that the facility follows the accreditation standards in great detail for all procedures and that a single individual who is a high-level administrator supervises the entire program.