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Patient Safety

Patient safety is the guiding concern for the creation and evolution of AAAASF accreditation standards. Here are some frequently asked questions that may assist you in discussing your procedure with a medical specialist:

What does it mean to be accredited?

It means that this facility has passed inspection on hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety in an outpatient or office-based setting.

Do you have proof that this facility was inspected?

Ask to see a valid accreditation certificate.

What happens if something goes wrong?

An AAAASF accredited facility is properly equipped to handle emergencies and has at least one operating room team member with ACLS life safety training. Also, physicians in an AAAASF Accredited Facility can admit patients into a nearby hospital if overnight observation or care is required.

Is this facility as safe as having my surgery in a hospital?

Board certified medical specialists are qualified to perform the same procedures in a hospital and can provide equal if not better care in an outpatient setting.

Do you have any special training for emergencies?

AAAASF accredited facilities must have written procedures and policies to handle all types of emergencies.

What types of anesthesia is the facility allowed to provide?

A facility is accredited by the level of anesthesia they are qualified to provide (Class A. B. C-M or C). Class C facilities can offer the highest level of anesthesia for outpatient surgeries. Bancroft Feldman Plastic Surgery is accreditated as a Class C facility. For more information visit our website. www.aaaasf.org

Who is involved with my anesthesia care?

Only a qualified physician or qualified anesthesia specialist can administer anesthetics during a procedure in an AAAASF Accredited Facility.

How many of these procedures have you done?

This is a good question to ask to help determine the experience level of the physician or medical specialist.

What happens after my procedure?

All recovering patients must remain under direct observation and supervision until discharged from monitored patient care.