The Respiratory Shield solves a worker and patient health and safety issue: trips and falls caused by oxygen tubing.
Most ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) are separated from hospitals. The primary use of an ASC is cataract surgery, typically elderly patients. Since ASCs have to continue to show to government agencies, especially the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that they are as safe as hospitals for minor surgeries, there is strong reporting around any secondary medical issues that arise from a facility.
Ambulatory Surgical Centers can add the Respiratory Shield to their “Fall Prevention Strategy” to not only help prevent falls but also to enhance a legal defense by showing measures were provided to patients to prevent falls.
Medicare currently reimburses ASCs less for the same procedure performed at a hospital, using safety as an issue. The adoption of the Respiratory Shield can help increase safety.