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BASC Offers CAIP The Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist credential is now available BY ROBERT KURTZ


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nfection preventionists in ASCs have their own certification pro- gram with the official launch of the Certified Ambulatory Infection Pre- ventionist (CAIP) credential in Janu- ary. This credential represents the cul- mination of extensive planning over several years, says Gina Throneberry, RN, CASC, executive director of the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certifi- cation (BASC), which administers the CAIP exam.


“Since 2015, BASC and a group of


ASC professionals who are passionate about patient safety and clinical excel- lence worked to develop CAIP,” she says. “By earning this certification, we believe ASC infection preventionists will show that they possess the knowl- edge and skills deemed essential to fill- ing their role.” Tammeria Tyler, RN, an infection


preventionist at Southeastern Spine Institute and Ambulatory Surgery Cen- ter in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, who assisted in the credential’s devel- opment, says CAIP primarily benefits patients treated in ASCs. “Patients come to our ASCs expect- ing safe care,” she says. “Prevent- ing infections is vital to meeting that expectation. The time and effort that one will need to put in to earn CAIP will only help to improve outcomes.” In 2013, Tyler earned the Certifica-


tion in Infection Prevention and Con- trol (CIC) credential, awarded by the Certification Board of Infection Con- trol and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). While proud of this designation, she says that CAIP’s focus solely on ASC infection prevention issues fills a valu- able need. “CIC is hospital-driven and effectively speaks to the responsibilities of a hospital infection preventionist. Some overlap exists between hospital


and ASC infection prevention in areas such as sterilization, but there are also vast differences. ASCs do not perform emergent cases. ASCs do not have bone marrow transplant units or negative pressure rooms. We do not treat patients requiring airborne precautions.” There is still a huge knowledge base required to effectively serve as an ASC infection preventionist, she says. “CAIP is designed to address this knowledge.” The CAIP exam covers five ASC infection prevention- and control-related content areas: 1) program development, implementation and maintenance; 2) education and training; 3) surveillance, data collection and analysis; 4) strate- gies; and 5) instrument/equipment clean- ing, disinfection and sterilization. The first exam, an online test, is scheduled for October 1–31. Individuals inter- ested in taking this exam must register between August 1 and August 31. “I plan to take the exam and hope


many other ASC infection prevention- ists will do so as well,” Tyler says. “I am fortunate to have support from my ASC’s leadership to pursue CAIP. An ASC that supports its infection preven- tionist working to earn this certifica- tion is essentially making a proactive


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investment in both the professional development of its staff and in optimal outcomes for its patients.” To maintain the credential, CAIP certificants will need to obtain infec- tion prevention contact hours. “This will be just as important as earning CAIP,” Tyler says. “The learning does not end with the exam. It represents just the beginning. Continuing educa- tion is the means through which we grow our knowledge base.” CAIP is the second certification


program for the ASC industry. BASC first awarded the Certified Administra- tor Surgery Center (CASC) credential in 2002. “We hope to see ASCs nationwide their infection prevention-


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ists’ pursuit of CAIP as they have sup- ported their administrators’ pursuit of CASC,” Throneberry says. “ASCs, their patients, physicians and staff all stand to benefit when infection preven- tionists earn and maintain their CAIP credential. BASC is eagerly looking forward to announcing the first class of certificants later in the year.” Learn more about CAIP at www. aboutcaip.org.


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