AAAASF broadens patient safety through training and workshops

Through periodic training programs and workshops, AAAASF helps advance patient safety by educating others to do the same. We wish to recognize the instructors who lead our training programs and workshops:

  • Dr. Gary Brownstein
  • Dr. David Watts
  • Dr. John Newkirk
  • Dr. Ronald Iverson
  • Dr. Monte Goldstein
  • Dr. Samir Shureih
  • Claudia Ann Morehead, PT
  • Dick Hillyer, DPT, MBA, MSM
  • Rosanne Petro, RN
  • Elsie Crawford, RN, BSN, MHA

Upcoming Training Events


Surveyor Training

AAAASF surveyors are peers to the professionals for whom they survey. They are trained medical professionals dedicated to the peer-based accreditation process that has given our program national and international recognition as the gold standard in accreditation. Through periodic AAAASF training, surveyors maintain certification and provide information critical to performing high quality surveys.

AAAASF surveyors conduct thorough, consistent surveys by evaluating each facility as a whole through observation, staff and patient interviews and assessment of compliance with each standard. AAAASF surveyors must:

  1. Participate in a survey team whose size and composition is appropriate for the facility
  2. Conduct a thorough and unbiased facility survey as instructed in the documents contained in the surveyor handbook
  3. Complete the survey in accordance with the AAAASF survey schedule and checklist
  4. Follow appropriate time guidelines
  5. Complete all forms and documentation required as provided in the surveyor handbook
  6. Return all forms and documentation to the AAAASF central office in the time designated
  7. Complete a Statement of Deficiency form for each deficiency
  8. Review the facility plan of correction and the supporting documentation to verify all deficiencies have been corrected

Quality improvement methods and periodic assessment is key to maintaining the integrity of our accreditation programs. Surveyors are an integral part of the AAAASF accreditation process. AAAASF consistently evaluates its surveyors through an ongoing quality assurance process that incorporates facility feedback, objective performance metrics and random validation surveys. Surveyors must remain in good standing with AAAASF to continue performing surveys.

To inquire about becoming an AAAASF surveyor, call toll-free at 888-545-5222.


Facility Workshops

AAAASF joins with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to provide Ambulatory Surgery Center Infection Prevention Courses.

Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) staff and administrators obtain critical information in this course to help them meet CMS requirements for a credible infection prevention and control program in the ambulatory setting. The four-module course follows the CMS surveyor worksheet, focusing on the observations and assessments frequently made during a regulatory visit to an ASC. Surveyors monitor for compliance and credibility of an ASC’s infection prevention program collecting information on how the center delivers services such as:

  • Intro Infection Prevention in ASCs
  • ASC Hand Hygiene
  • ASC Injection Practices
  • PeriOperative nursing care of the patient
  • Sterilization and reprocessing
  • Hazardous waste management

The four modules of this course contain rationale and supporting evidence for the parameters of a successful infection prevention program that addresses:

  1. Sterilization and high-level disinfection, including a section on reprocessing of single-use devices
  2. Hand hygiene practices including monitoring and suggestions to improve compliance
  3. Critical environmental infection prevention practices
  4. Practices related to point-of-care devices and safe injection practices

The course should be used by all ASCs that want to ensure they have quality infection prevention program with periOperative safe patient outcomes as a result. The course is appropriate for all staff, administrators and physicians who provide services in the ASC setting.

Students will have four months to complete the course. This course is worth 6.8 contact hours. To earn the contact hours and print a certificate you must complete all the course modules and the final course evaluation. Your record will be updated with your contact hours the month following course completion.

For more information, call toll-free at 888-545-5222.


Continuing Medical Education

AAAASF also supports the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). The AMA PRA has recognized physician participation in CME for more than 40 years. AMA PRA credit is recognized and accepted by hospital credentialing bodies, state medical licensure boards and medical specialty certifying boards, as well as other organizations.

The AMA PRA program continually evolves to meet physicians’ learning needs. The Council on Medical Education welcomes input from physicians, accredited CME providers and consumers of CME credit on recommendations for revisions and additions to the AMA PRA credit system. These recommendations should be communicated to the AMA Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development (CPPD).

In support of the AMA PRA and the credit system, staff from the AMA Division of CPPD is available to answer questions from physicians, accredited CME providers or the public about compliance with the AMA PRA requirements, standards and policies. Questions may be directed to Resources are also available online at the AMA website.