If you are considering getting some work done on your face, there are many things to consider when looking for the right plastic surgeon. Obviously, you want a doctor that is well-qualified and board-certified to work on your face but often people do not think about the accreditation for the office where the surgery is to be done. Accreditation is important because it speaks to the level of safety standards that the practice follows.
Like most medical practices, there are multiple people involved in a plastic surgery office. So it is vital that not only the doctor be top-notch but also that their staff, their equipment and all procedures be held to rigorous standards. There are different levels of accreditation depending on the type of practice and the operations that are performed in each. In the state of Florida, not all health care providers are held to the same set of standards so looking at their accreditation can give you a higher level of confidence in the care you will receive.
For plastic surgery, one of the highest levels of accreditation is done by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Care (AAAHC). This organization is the leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality and value for ambulatory health care. Accreditation through the AAAHC is a voluntary process that measures a health care provider’s level of expertise and standards of safety practices based on peer-based measures, education and research.
It is the preeminent leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Some of the core requirements that they measure are:
• Rights of Patients
• Quality of Care Provided
• Quality Management and Improvement
• Infection Prevention and Control Safety
• Facilities and Environment
• Surgical and Related Services
• Anesthesia Services
What is important to appreciate is that if a facility is certified, it is a symbol that an organization is committed to providing high-quality health care and that it has demonstrated that commitment by measuring up to the most rigorous standards of medicinal care.
Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida is one of the top facial plastic surgery centers in the country. It is accredited by the AAAHC and Dr. Dominic Castellano explains that “accreditation demands a pledge to our patients that we will always provide the absolute best health care. Our office follows strict rules to maintain our high-level service and treat our patients in a safe and sterile environment.”
Patients do not always realize what can happen in offices that are not as strongly regulated. When doctors and staff do not follow safety guidelines, the patient may be exposed to infections or have complications following surgery. So make sure that you do your homework on both the plastic surgeon and the facility he or she operates in before having any plastic surgery.