We help promote patient safety in outpatient health care facilities around the world
Knowing that a facility is accredited by AAAASF assures you that extra steps were taken to foster a safe environment for your medical or surgical care. Your safety is the primary concern during any medical or surgical procedure.
Whether you are having a minor outpatient medical procedure or a more complex medical surgery, education is the key. Find out as much as you can about the procedure, the medical specialists required for the procedure and the facility where you will have the procedure performed.
Medical or surgical safety is a product of:
- A qualified physician or medical specialist
- A fully equipped and safe facility
- An appropriate candidate for the procedure
Most operations are not emergencies and are considered elective surgery. This means you have time to learn about your operation to be sure it is the best treatment for you. You also have time to work with your physician to make the surgery as safe as possible. Being actively involved with your physician can greatly improve the outcome of your health care.
Your regular doctor, or primary care physician, may be the one who suggests that surgery may be required and may refer you to a specialist for further care. You may also want to find other physicians and specialists to obtain a second opinion and confirm if surgery is the right treatment for you. You might want to ask friends or coworkers for the names of physicians they have used.
Asking questions and providing information to your doctor and other care providers can improve the quality of care you receive. Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety and satisfaction.
Quality health care is a team effort. You play an important role. One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions. Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment.
For more information on what you can do before, during and after your appointment, review our Patient Fact Sheet.