AAAASF accredits Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Dr. Iverson aboard Orbis.

In December 2014, AAAASF accredited Orbis, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness. Orbis prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) is a fully equipped mobile teaching hospital. On the outside, the plane is like most other aircraft. Inside, it’s like no other. It hosts an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility right on board.

More than 285 million people around the world are visually impaired. It is estimated that 90 percent of those with visual impairment live in developing countries where there is limited access to health care.

To earn its accreditation, Orbis passed inspection of hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety, the same criteria used to evaluate first class outpatient facilities in the United States and globally.

AAAASF develops accreditation programs to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assures the public that patient safety is a top priority. All accredited clinics must pass inspection of all practice standards in the following categories:

  • General environment and safety
  • Operating room environment
  • Policies and procedures
  • Recovery room environment
  • Blood and medications
  • Medical records
  • Quality assessment
  • Personnel and staff; and
  • Anesthesia