Peer review helps promote patient safety
Peer review is a form of quality control performed by active members within the outpatient health care profession. Those participating in the review process are “peers” with whom they review. The process creates a system-wide culture of clinical quality and demonstrates the positive results of accreditation.
Peer review is a required process that promotes ongoing data collection to identify the trends affecting patient outcomes. AAAASF has successfully collected data from thousands of individual cases, creating one of the nation’s largest health care data repositories.
AAAASF has performed peer review on a semi-annual basis since 1999, including reviews of both random cases and unanticipated operative sequelae. AAAASF understands that reporting on outcomes alone is not sufficient to improve the quality of care. The process of improving care delivery is best achieved through monitoring procedural interventions and practicing compliance with safe surgical standards.
It is important for AAAASF to continue in the forefront of this effort. By monitoring our own data we demonstrate the effectiveness of our standards and are assured that we remain an authority on health care delivery. AAAASF delivers standard revisions based on information collected from this valuable data. This approach distinguishes AAAASF from other accrediting organizations and provides a safeguard for patients and the accrediting process.