Archive April 2003 IV, No. 4


Could You Pass the CASC Exam?
Newly credentialed Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center (CASC) administrators share how they aced the 200-question exam.

Do Warmer Patients Mean Better Outcomes?
When it comes to improving outcomes, decreasing costs and increasing safety, a few degrees can make all the difference.

How to Assess Post-op Pain
The first step to good pain management is accurate assessment. Here's expert advice on how to interpret the many indicators of pain.

What I Saw at SAGES
New products that may make a difference from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Seven Ways to Tell if Your Staff is at Risk for Latex Allergy
Could your facility do more to protect staff from developing this devastating condition?

Your Guide to Error-Free Cataract Surgery
Use this simple, 10-step system to ensure that you operate on the proper eye and use the proper lens implant.

Reader Survey: Engaging Physicians in The Accreditation Process
Here are six strategies outpatient facility managers use to motivate doctors to participate.

Creating a Safe Harbor For Pain Management
Here's what you can do to avoid allegations of fraud and abuse in your ASC's pain management clinic.

Which Benchmarking System Is Right for Your?
Here are three cases - each with a different system - of successful implementation to help you decide.


Editor's Page
Morbidity and Mortality

This Just In

Letters & Emails
Breaking the Bundle

Ideas That Work
A Cart for Every Specialty

Finding a Place for Your Square Pegs

Coding & Billing
Refunding Medicare Overpayments

Preventing Percutaneous Injuries in Outpatient Settings

Infection Prevention
Are Sterilization Containers Cost-Effective?

Product News
New Scope Links to Image-Guidance Systems

Site Visit
Susquehanna Valley Surgery Center, Harrisburg, Pa.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine

My Turn
Anesthesia: The Practice of Medicine and Nursing

April 2003

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