New Study Finds Hand & Upper-Extremity Procedures Safely Performed in ASCs

A new study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that hand and upper-extremity orthopedic surgical procedures could be safely performed in a freestanding ambulatory surgery center.

The physician authors conducted a retrospective review of more than 28,000 surgical cases performed in an ASC over an eleven-year period and found 58 reported adverse events based on state-reportable criteria. The authors concluded that “…with a selected patient population, a very low adverse event rate (0.20%) can be achieved. ¬†Our review showing few adverse events, no deaths, and no wrong-site surgical procedures supports our view that hand and upper-extremity surgical procedures can be completed safely in the outpatient setting at a freestanding ambulatory surgery center.”

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