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October 13, 2010

Ambulatory Surgical Centers and Infection Control—Reply

JAMA. 2010;304(14):1556-1557. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1444

In Reply: Dr Reed highlights that data to compare the risk of infection between inpatient and outpatient surgical settings are lacking and that more uniform methods and standards for preventing and recognizing health care–associated infections are needed. Our study focused on process measurement, and data related to outcomes were not collected. Although it may be tempting to compare ASCs to hospital or office-based surgery practices (OBSPs) regarding adherence to infection control practices or actual measures of infection, data to permit such comparisons are currently lacking.1