Whether you are considering having a minor outpatient medical procedure or a more complex medical surgery, education is the key in choosing the right practice. You should find out as much as you can about the procedure, the medical specialists performing the procedure, and the facility where you will have the procedure performed.
When it comes to the latter, knowing that a facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) assures you that extra steps were taken to foster a safe environment for your medical or surgical care. An AAAASF-accredited facility is one that meets strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. AAAASF accreditation is considered to be the “gold standard” by physicians, clinicians, legislators, state/federal health agencies and patients.
To be AAAASF accredited, the facility must pass a rigorous and thorough inspection on hundreds of criteria focused on patient safety. The criteria evaluates areas such as the general environment, the operating room setting, the recovery room setting, the policies and procedures governing the operating and recovery rooms, medications, medical records, quality assessment and improvement, staff, and anesthesia.
In addition to its doctors having privileges at local hospitals (including Sarasota Memorial Hospital, The Cape Surgery Center, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center), Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery is proud to maintain a state-of-the-art AAAASF-certified outpatient surgical facility where many of procedures can be performed. Benefiting from its highly credentialed and experienced surgeons, dedicated and professional staff, and AAAASF accreditation, the Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery practice demonstrates its commitment to care and safety in all aspects of how it deals with its patients.