Not all surgeries are performed in a hospital. In fact, many procedures are performed in office-based facilities. In order for your doctor’s in-office facility to be accredited by one of the major accreditation organizations (listed below), the facility must comply with these general standards:
The medical staff must meet the qualification standards.
The facility must pass a peer-reviewed quality-assured inspection.
The facility must meet the guidelines set forth for emergency equipment, and the staff must be trained in life-saving procedures.
In the event of an emergency, your doctor should have the proper equipment and staff on hand to deal with the problem. Make sure you discuss your doctor’s emergency plan with him or her.
The facility must pass for regular inspections for safety, sterility, protocols and record-keeping.
Get recent accreditation records to ensure that the facility where you are having your procedure is up to par in terms of safety. And, make sure to ask your doctor when the facility’s most recent accreditation was.
Additionally, hospital privileges are important because these allow your doctor to perform surgery in a hospital. Ask your doctor at which local hospital he/she has privileges, specifically for the procedures you are having performed.
The facility where your procedure is going to be performed should be accredited and in good standing with at least one of the major accredited organizations below:
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
The Joint Commission
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
The Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (CAAASF)
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