How Do I Determine if my Doctor's Office is a Safe Facility?
- Asked by Makenzie in Seattle, WA
- 2 years ago
What do I look for in terms of picking a doctor with a safe operating facility? What are the special accreditations a non-hospital facility needs?
Safety of outpatient surgery
This is a good question.
There are a number of safety standards for outpatient surgery.
Some surgeons operate in their office facilities which are not certified. There are No Standards in place for those facilities
AAAASF has the Easiest Standards for outpatient surgery
AAAHC, JCAHC have Medium Standards for outpatient surgery
Medicare has the Toughest Standards for outpatient surgery and holds the surgeons, their RNs, and anesthesia providers to the highest safety standards.
Avoiding general anesthesia when you can also makes you surgery safer.
Web reference: http://www.seattleface.com/html/our_surgery_center.php
How Do You Find Out if my Doctor's Office is a Safe Facility?
The key element is to look online to see if they are an accredited operating facility by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.) and also you can go to your state’s health board and find out if the facility has had any significant problems. Specifically ask them to show you the facility accreditation. Certainly, if they are a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and are a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), as part of our membership we must operate in an accredited operating room facility to be a member. So, choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to do your operative procedures.
Facility accreditation is like "board certification" of the practice
A facility is most likely to be safe if their equipment, policies, and procedures are all held to the strictest standards. There are currently 4 private accrediting bodies (AAAHC, AAAASF, JCAHO, and IMQ) that perform voluntary, objective, outside review of medical practices and in-office operating rooms.
Seek out a physician whose facility, policies, and procedures have passed the high standards of one of the 4 organizations above.
Facelift - How Do I Determine if my Doctor's Office is a Safe Facility?
Great question - non absolute answer, but you can start by making sure it's an accredited facility. One place to start is the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, or the AAASF. Their site at aaaasf dot org will list facilities that meet their exacting standards. JACHO and AAAHC are other organizations that provide comparable levels of oversight. You can, of course, have the procedure done in a hospital as an alternative.
I hope that this helps, and good luck,
Web reference: http://www.bodysculpture.com
Facelifts in the doctors office
Safety has many considerations:
- how old are you
- are you healthy
- what are the office OR accreditation's
- what type of Anastasia
- who is doing the anesthesia
- is the doctor board certified
- what hospital does he have the same privileges in
Accreditation is Vital for Patient Safety
I, like other posters on this site, have an accredited office surgical facility (AAAASF). Accreditation is a laborious, time intensive process that a Surgeon must put in place (in the State of Florida) to ensure safety in office based surgical facilities. However, there is no guarantee that your Surgeon (or company that hires the Surgeon) will be compliant with regulations. Therefore, it is up to the patient to perform due diligence. Following suit, look for a facility accredited by AAAASF, AAAHC, JCAHO, or ACHA. If the facility isn't accredited, don't walk away.....run! Likewise, if a Surgeon or company representative makes any attempt to convince you that accreditation isn't necessary, follow the above advice.
Ask About Accreditation
Ask your doctor to expalin what certificates of accreditation his or her facilty holds. This process doesn't garuntee you won't have a complication but it does mean the facilty including the operating room and recovery room has to pass a very precise list of standards that are designed for patient safety and protection. And the process is lengthy ard arduous for the surgeon. It sends the message that he or she is concerned about your safety and that in the rare event that something goes wrong they will have a protocol for it and will have the necesssary equipment to handle it.
If the surgeon says that the facility is not state licensed or accredited I would run away. They are cutting corners with the facility and will probably cut corners on your surgery as well.
Those of us who have the certificate are proud of the acheivement and happy to discuss it with anyone who asks. I just wish more people would pay attention to this since it can be in rare events a very important part of your journey.
Certifications of a safe surgical facility
It is very important to look for a surgeon who performs surgery in a certified ambulatory surgery center. Federal Medicare certification is the gold standard by which the majority of surgery centers in the country are certified by, including large multispeciality ambulatory surgery centers. Most hospitals are also Medicare certified. Many states also license surgery centers. Other accreditation agencies include AAAASF, AAAHC, and JAACO. These are all private independent accrediting agencies. It is also important to have a board certified physician anesthesiologist in attendance monitoring the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and vital functions during the procedure.
Web reference: http://seattlefacial.com
Determining the Safety of a Private Surgery Center
This is an excellent question, the quality of your surgery center is almost as important as the expertise of your surgeon. Check to see if the surgery center is accredited. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (known as Quad A)is the leading accrediting organization. They require stringent national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. You can check their website to see if a surgery center is listed.
Ask for a tour of the surgery center and see if it looks clean and organized. A big advantage for a surgeon to have his own surgery center is that he can pick his own staff and have quality control over the type of instruments and medical devices. A private surgery center offers a patient more privacy and less exposure to infections
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.