Dr. Niamtu’s Surgery Center Receives Full AAAHC Accreditation
Many surgeons perform cosmetic surgery in an uncontrolled office environment. The standard of care within most professional organizations mandates that board certified surgeons must only operate in accredited facilities. Since office surgery accreditation is not an easy task, many surgeons operate in facilities that are not accredited. Fully accredited ambulatory office surgery centers are few and far between in private cosmetic facial surgery practices due to the rigid standards required to achieve this level of proficiency.
The AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) is one of the gold standard accreditation agencies and has long been respected for safety in ambulatory outpatient surgery facilities. We are elated to have passed our recent accreditation survey with flying colors and we have received unconditional full accreditation through 2015 (this must be renewed every 3 years). This has been our forth consecutive successful accreditation and represents a tremendous amount of work by our office and staff since beginning this process in 2003.
What does accreditation mean? In short it means that a private office must function with similar standards of most hospitals. It is all about patient care and safety. To be accredited, the office must have extremely detailed policies and procedures as well as adhere to the latest standards of patient care. This includes up to date anesthesia and emergency equipment, drugs and emergency policies. It includes patient, staff and surgeon safety. Accredited facilities must show evidence of prevention of infections and complications and meet rigid standards of tracking all patients. The paperwork of procedural policy and governance is overwhelming and many surgeons simply cannot qualify or comply. It is truly a group effort and would be impossible without my dedicated staff. Excellence is always a team effort!
Patients should rest assured that while being treated in a fully accredited facility their safety and welfare is not left to circumstance, but rather every single aspect of the patient and surgeon experience is closely monitored and held to the highest standards of safety, sterilization and record keeping.
I am proud to be one of the few fully accredited office ambulatory cosmetic facial surgery centers in the region. We work hard for this certificate.
Joe Niamtu, III DMD
Cosmetic Facial Surgery