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ACCREDITED FACILITIES

A plastic surgeon can help you look and feel your best. But plastic surgery should only be performed by a board- certified plastic surgeon in a fully accredited facility.  Your surgeon may opt to perform the procedure in a hospital setting or in an outpatient or day surgery center. An accredited facility is one that must meet strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. 
Accredited ambulatory facilities have been documented, through research and the compilation of the required reporting, to have:
• An extremely low rate of serious complications 
(Less than half of I percent)
• An extremely low mortality rate 
(less than one in 57,000)
• The Advantage of lower costs 
If you need to recuperate overnight or for a few days in a post- surgical treatment facility, make certain that you inquire about that facility’s accreditation or licensing. 
In general, accreditation or licensing of such facilities requires that:
• You receive around- the- clock care by a minimum of two or more licensed staff members at all times 
• At least one of the two staff members providing around- the-clock care be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
• Necessary equipment and medication to handle any complications are on-site 
• An emergency plan is defined and ready to be implemented should any complication arise that requires transferring a patient to a hospital 
To be 100 percent certain your plastic surgeon is board certified and only performs procedures in a safe, approved place; choose a surgeon who is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 
ASPS requires that its member surgeons use surgical facilities that meet established standards for quality and safety. All Procedures, other than those requiring only local anesthetic and/or mild oral sedation, must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• Accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
• Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
• Accredited by joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations 
• Certified to participate in the Medicare program under title XVIII
• A License by the state in which the facility operates 
In general accreditation or the equivalent requires a facility to:
• Allow surgery to be performed only by an ABMS-certified or board-eligible plastic surgeon who has privileges to perform the same procedures at a local, accredited hospital
• Provide anesthesia by a board- certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist 
• Maintain a staff of certified surgical technicians, registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who are trained in ACLS and trained to recognize the signs of cardiac or respiratory distress
• Adhere to all local, state and national regulations, including sanitation, fire safety and building codes 
• Adhere to all federal laws and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, including blood-borne pathogen and hazardous waste standards 
• Use and practice advance monitoring for patient safety during and immediate recovery 
• Allow to be inspected every three years 


Contact any of these accrediting organizations to verify the accreditation status of any surgical facility:
AAAASF (888) 545-5222 aaaasf.org
AAAHC   (847) 853-6060  aaahc.org   
JCAHO   (630) 792- 5000  jcaho.org

This brochure is intended strictly for education purposes. It is not intended to make any representations or warranties about the outcome of any procedure. It is not a substitute for a thorough, in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. 

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