In order to demonstrate the extent to which we all focus on providing the safest and highest quality surgical experience anywhere, we’ve recently completed the long and rigorous process of becoming accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. We’re also the ONLY oral and maxillofacial surgery practice accredited by AAAASF in both North and South Carolina.
What this means is that we have met the AAAASF’s stringent requirements that state we must:
- Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations including licensure, fire safety, sanitation and building codes for the protection of patients and medical personnel;
- Adhere to federal laws and regulations affecting their operation such as OSHA blood-borne pathogens standards, hazardous waste standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act and HIPAA;
- Utilize advanced instruments and monitoring devices for patient safety during surgery and in the recovery period;
- All individuals using the facility must meet one of the following criteria:
1. A Doctor of Medicine certified or eligible for certification by one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
2. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), and
- Provide for the administration of general anesthesia, when appropriate, by a board-certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Other personnel assisting in surgery and providing care for the patient in the recovery room include specially trained and certified surgical technicians, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.
The AAAASF accreditation has been recognized as the Gold Standard in facility accreditation and believe it or not, the vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are not accredited, operating independently of any peer review and inspection process.
So even though achieving this level of recognition certainly wasn’t a requirement and it won’t change the high level of patient care we’ve always worked to provide, it is a validation for our patients that they will continue to receive the very highest levels of safety and patient care.