Earlier this month you may have heard or read an article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) about the high incidence of infections in ambulatory surgery centers. This is the reason that office and other outpatient surgery centers should be accredited by a national accrediting organization.
At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, our facility is accredited by AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.), which has published nearly 2 million surgical cases of AAAASF-accredited facilities. This scientific data shows that AAAASF facilities have a lower incidence of post surgical infection than hospitals.
Patients undergoing elective surgery in an ambulatory surgical facility should be certain that that facility is accredited.
As an additional information resource for our patients, the AAAASF has responsed to this JAMA article: Infection Rate in Accredited Ambulatory Facilities is Lower than in Hospitals.