Credential for ASC Infection Preventionists Launched

February 5, 2018

Ambulatory surgery center (ASC) infection preventionists now have a credential they can call their own.

The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) recently announced the launch of the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) credential. CAIP is designed specifically for infection preventionists working in ASCs.

To earn the CAIP credential, candidates must meet a few requirements concerning their licensure, responsibilities and experience. They must also pass a 150-multiple-choice exam that tests knowledge in several ASC infection prevention and control areas, including program development and implementation; education and training; surveillance and data collection; and equipment cleaning and disinfection.

The first CAIP exam will be an online test held throughout this October. Individuals interested in testing this year must have earned 10 contacts hours in infection prevention over the last two years.

“Considering the high priority placed on infection prevention in the ASC setting,” said Gina Throneberry, RN, CASC, executive director of BASC, in the announcement, “BASC decided that it would be worthwhile to create a credential to help ASC professionals demonstrate their expertise in this area and commitment to remaining current on best practices in infection prevention and control.”

BASC also developed and oversees the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential.

Learn more about CAIP here.

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