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From paper to electronic surgical logs — AAAASF recommends best practices
Common deficiencies AAAASF cites most & how to fix them: From paper to electronic surgical logs — AAAASF recommends best practices
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In our ongoing series, Becker's ASC Review spoke with AAAASF’s Associate Director of Accreditation Jeanne Henry about the organization's commonly cited deficiencies related to the transition from paper to electronic surgical logs.

Jeanne Henry: As many ASCs transition from paper to electronic records, AAAASF surveyors often find the transition to electronic surgical logs is incomplete. These circumstances frequently lead to a number of related deficiencies. The resulting citations can occur under any one or several of the standard items ranging from 600.040.001 to 600.040.009. AAAASF Standards require a surgical log of cases be maintained, either in a hard copy bound log with sequentially numbered pages, or in a secured computer log. The surgical log must include each of the following elements: Sequential numerical listing of patients, date of surgery, patient’s name and/or identification number, procedure(s)/surgery(s), surgeon’s name, type of anesthesia, name of person(s) administering anesthesia, and the person assisting the surgeon (MD, PA, RN or scrub tech).

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