Plastic surgery can be performed in many locations — surgical centers, hospitals and in some cases, surgeon’s offices. Given you have options for your plastic surgery OR, why should you narrow down your potential doctors to those who use AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) certified plastic surgery operating rooms? In short, a safe surgery requires a safe surgical center.
Understanding AAAASF Certification
Most surgeons will happily let you know if they use AAAASF-certified facilities. However, you can also contact the AAAASF directly with the name and address of the facility your doctor uses to find out if it is accredited.
If a plastic surgery center has accreditation, it means they comply 100% with the standards in each category the AAAASF evaluates facilities on. This includes the facility itself, the directors, medical specialists and staff. The AAAASF only gives accreditation to facilities that:
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to patient safety
- Standardize quality measurement
- Maintain fiscal responsibility
- Promote services to patients
- Collaborate with other health care leaders
All AAAASF-certified facilities are required to present their Patient Bill of Rights, reflecting a commitment to delivering quality, patient-centered care.
Why This Matters for You
Essentially, AAAASF certification indicates that a surgical center is safe and focused on patients. Both aspects are critical to a good experience with your plastic surgery. You enjoy a lower risk of infection, more dedicated service and are at less risk during pandemic outbreaks.
Dr. Chang works exclusively in AAAASF-certified surgical centers. To book your procedure, call the office at 410-740-9330 or fill out our contact form.