To ensure a safe environment for the outpatient care of women, the principles of patient safety and quality care must extend into all services that a clinician provides in the office. Major elements of office setting safety include effective communication, staff competency, medication error avoidance, accurate patient tracking mechanisms, anesthesia safety, and general procedural safety.
Office based surgery has become increasingly common in ob-gyn practices in recent years. The office setting offers convenience for both physicians and patients, and can reduce the cost of surgical procedures traditionally performed in hospitals or outpatient surgery centers. However, regardless of location, it is the physician’s responsibility to provide the same level of quality and safety when performing these procedures in the ambulatory office setting.
The purpose of this guide is to assist in the development of a policy and procedure manual for office based practice. This guide uses step by step directives to build a manual that can assist the office to define, monitor, and improve quality and safety within an office setting.