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As 2014 comes to a close, AAAASF would like to wish its members and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of The ASF Source a look at the most popular articles from 2014. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 9.


Infection prevention guide for ASCs during disasters
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
From Jan. 2: "Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Care Centers during Disasters" is available as a free online download. Created and revised by the APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee, this document provides infection prevention recommendations and resources for the development of an emergency management plan that includes operational expansion in the event of patient surges.
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Updated version of AAAASF Surgical Standards Manual now available
AAAASF
From Jan. 30: Version 14 of the AAAASF Surgical Standards Manual is now available for download and review. The updates in the 14th edition of the manual took effect May 1, 2014.
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AAAASF provides outpatient facilities with Ebola checklist
AAAASF
From Oct. 9: Outpatient facilities accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. treat and filter many patients daily. Since patient safety is the mission of AAAASF, the organization is providing a facility preparedness checklist for Ebola, as well as facts about the virus in the United States.
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CMS Standards Manuals now updated
AAAASF
From Oct. 23: AAAASF has recently released new versions of the following CMS standards manuals. The new revisions effective dates are: Please visit AAAASF.org for more information, and view all standards to maintain compliance.
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'Vacation breasts' may be the next big thing in plastic surgery
ABC News
From Nov. 20: Think of it as test driving plastic surgery: You wouldn't buy a car without driving it, seeing how it feels when you sit in the seat. So why should breasts be any different?
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Cosmetic facial fillers and severe vision loss
JAMA Ophthalmology
From March 20: Dermal injection of cosmetic fillers can lead to irreversible blindness when injected in the forehead, and this possible adverse effect is not typically mentioned to patients. Vision loss from central retinal artery occlusion occurring, after cosmetic facial enhancement, was irreversible in three patients. However, one patient had a small amount of recovery with aggressive therapy.
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'He cited us for what?' Accreditation dings that might surprise you
Outpatient Surgery
From Aug. 21: A cigarette butt on a rooftop. Expired hand sanitizer. Waste receptacles 1 inch too close to each other. Not having a policy on warming up Danish in the microwave. These infractions top of the list of the zany things accreditation surveyors cited facilities for in Outpatient Surgery's annual look at odd and unusual dings.
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How breast implants may cause rare lymphoma
Medical News Today
From Sept. 25: Editor's note: The final paragraph of the Medical News Today story does not necessarily reflect AAAASF views.
Breast augmentation was the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. last year, with around 290,000 women receiving either silicone or saline breast implants. Although extremely rare, some patients who have had this procedure develop a blood cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Now, a new study has shed light on why this is.

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The ideal breast: Newest trend in augmentation might not be what you think
RealSelf
From Nov. 6: All that's needed is a quick sweep through the Breast Augmentation community on RealSelf to notice the trend: While the procedure is among the top three researched treatments in 2014 (and has also remained the most performed cosmetic surgery in the U.S. since 2006), women considering augmentation seem to have a hard time dissociating breasts implants from porn stars.
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New guidelines issued for endoscopy safety
Outpatient Surgery
From Feb. 13: The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has issued new, endoscopy-specific guidelines to establish accepted practices at GI facilities. Their publication comes in response to CMS's Ambulatory Surgical Center Conditions for Coverage, which had accreditors holding endo suites to the same standards as sterile ORs, even though clinical and staffing requirements for surgery aren't necessarily applicable or necessary in endoscopy settings.
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5 facial plastic surgery predictions for 2014
Skin Inc
From Jan. 16: The number of people undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery plummeted after the economic recession of 2008, but the most recent figures suggest that a double-digit comeback is underway. Here's what top facial plastic surgeons predict we will be seeing more of (and less of) this year.
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Complying with infection control conditions in ASCs
Infection Control Today
From Aug. 14: In May 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under the auspices of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, introduced revisions to the ambulatory surgery center Conditions for Coverage (42 CFR 416.2 – 416.52). Included in the new conditions for coverage was a rigorous focus on demonstrated infection prevention and control knowledge and practice in an ASC.
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