That “special place” is an Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Facility! There are many reasons for choosing an accredited facility for your surgery: A QUALITY ENVIRONMENT FOR PATIENT CARE
All facilities accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) are designed and built to provide the best possible location for surgery and patient care. AAAASF accredited surgery facilities are rigorously inspected and evaluated. A set of exacting standards must be met which assure the patient of a commitment to safety and the efficiency of the facility and equipment.
An AAAASF accredited facility must be in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal codes – fire safety, sanitation, and building – for the protection of the patient and medical personnel. The facility must also adhere to federal laws and regulations affecting its operation, such as OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, Hazardous Waste Standards, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A Certificate of Accreditation provides evidence that the facility meets high standards for patient safety in the outpatient surgical environment.
A MODEL OF EXCELLENCE IN SURGICAL CARE In 1980, the AAAASF established a model accreditation program to provide assurance to the patient of excellence in surgical care. Since then, this facility accreditation process has been endorsed by 90 percent of the nation’s health insurance carriers and by a number of state health agencies. It has been cited repeatedly as the model program for others to follow.
SURGERY PERFORMED BY TRAINED AND SKILLED SURGEONS Surgery in an AAAASF accredited facility can only be performed by qualified surgeons who are eligible to perform surgical procedures in an accredited hospital. Such surgeons must also be certified by a surgical board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities and must be in compliance with their respective professional society or association.
THE ASSISTANCE OF CERTIFIED PERSONNEL While all surgery in an AAAASF accredited facility is preformed by a licensed and certified surgeon, the assisting personnel are also highly trained and skilled.
General anesthesia is provided by a anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Other personnel assisting in the surgery or caring for the patient in the recovery room include specially trained surgical technicians, registered nurses, and/or licensed practical nurses. Together the staff members comprise a team that operates the facility smoothly and efficiently – before, during, and after your surgery.
A FACILITY DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR SURGERY AAAASF facilities are state-of-the-art settings designed for the exclusive use of surgeons. As a result, other departments required in a hospital center, such as pathology, radiology, administrative offices, and large reception or waiting areas, are unnecessary. The resulting cost savings are passed along to you, the patient.
At the same time, an AAAASF accredited ambulatory surgery facility does meet, and often exceeds, the same standards for safety and patient care as those required in a hospital outpatient surgery unit. An AAAASF accredited facility provides you with safe, quality care in an environment specifically designed to accommodate your surgical needs.
STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY Surgical procedures require the most advanced instruments and monitoring devices. In an AAAASF accredited facility, procedures are performed in an ultra-modern operating suite with all the equipment necessary to ensure the safest possible operating conditions. This advanced technology makes an AAAASF accredited facility a highly desirable alternative to in-hospital care.
SUBSTANTIAL COST SAVINGS Recent studies have shown that costs to a patient in a single-specialty facility, such as an accredited surgery facility, are only one- third to one-half those charged by a hospital for the same procedure. And because the patient is not hospitalized, there are additional significant savings over hospital in-patient care.
PATIENT’S BILL OF RIGHTS The selection of an AAAASF accredited facility provides you with skilled and experienced surgical care in the environment of a modern and specially-designed surgical facility. In addition, you will enjoy the staff and facility’s commitment to the AAAASF “Patient’s Bill of Rights,” a twelve-point document that assures all patients the courtesy and respect they deserve as part of their medical treatment.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR ACCREDITATION OF AMBULATORY SURGERY FACILITIES, INC. has approved more than 500 centers for a full three-year accreditation. The AAAASF not only sponsors and supports its current accreditation program, it also strives for the highest standards of excellence for its accredited facilities regularly revising and updating its requirements for the quality and safety of patient care.