Overview: An Ambulatory Surgery Center Infection Preventionist has unique job responsibilities that are specific to the perioperative setting. Infection preventionists in an ASC are responsible for employee health, surveillance for surgical site infections, developing and implementing an infection prevention and control program, performing risk assessments, reporting to the governing body and coordinating the interdisciplinary team that determines a facility’s program.
Certification for an ambulatory surgery infection preventionist distinguishes an ASC infection preventionist as a specialist in their field of infection prevention in the ASC environment. Certification as an ASC infection preventionist is the only perioperative certification for an infection preventionist. AORN, the premier organization that provides perioperative nurses with guidelines for perioperative practice, has developed a course for ASC IPs that prepares them for certification in infection prevention in an ASC.
- Assess current knowledge of infection prevention in the ambulatory surgery setting
- Review evidence-based principles and practices related to infection prevention and control
- Enhance critical thinking skills related to perioperative infection prevention
- Develop a personal study plan for success
- Examine test taking strategies to maximize performance on an infection prevention certification exam