Accredited Operating Room
Located at 120 East 56th Street, Yael Halaas’ Surgery Center is a private AAAASF Accredited facility that features a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped operating room in a convenient location and comfortable setting. Our facility also offers a minor procedure room for less invasive procedures.
Our AAAASF accredited facility meets the strictest standards set forth for patient safety and care. The surgery center offers a warm, intimate setting for our patients’ surgical experience without the inconvenience and expense of a hospital. Designed specifically for cosmetic surgery, we focus on providing our patients with an upscale and comfortable experience from the light background music that plays throughout the rooms to high-end modern design of the facility. We also boast a private pre-operative interview room and a comfortable post-op area for your patient’s to recover following their procedure.
The surgery center at Dr. Yael Halaas’ office is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities
What is the AAAASF?
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980. Its primary mission is to ensure the highest quality patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting.
Today, with more than 1000 accredited outpatient surgical facilities, the not-for-profit AAAASF is the largest accrediting organization of its kind in the nation.
Setting the Standard for Quality Patient Care
AAAASF has created an accrediting program that helps assure patients of the safety and quality in all aspects of their outpatient surgery experience. Every AAAASF-accredited ambulatory surgery facility is held to stringent national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon and staff credentials. Maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility is an intricate process, which requires constant review and revision of standards to reflect the most current state-of-the-art. AAAASF is the leading accrediting organization and has created detailed systems to effectively monitor, implement and execute the latest advances in outpatient care to the benefit of our patients.
AAAASF accreditation has been recognized as the gold standard. The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are not accredited, operating independently of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states throughout the country, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. AAAASF is in the forefront of legislative efforts to provide patients with safety and quality assurance in the outpatient surgery setting.
California was the first state to mandate accreditation for all outpatient facilities that administer sedation or general anesthesia in 1996. AAAASF was instrumental in the development of the California legislation (AB595), as well as subsequent laws and regulations adopted by states such as Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. AAAASF has been approved to inspect facilities for certification by Medicare. AAAASF accreditation guidelines have been recognized as the gold standard providing the highest level of safety and quality in ambulatory surgery care.
AAAASF-accredited facilities must meet stringent requirements as follow:
- Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations including fire safety, sanitation and building codes for the protection of patients and medical personnel;
- Adhere to federal laws and regulations affecting their operation such as OSHA blood-borne pathogens standards, hazardous waste standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act and HIPAA;
- Utilize advanced instruments and monitoring devices for patient safety during surgery and in the recovery period;
- Surgery to be performed only by qualified surgeons who have privileges to perform the same surgical procedures in an accredited hospital. Surgeons must meet the standards, such as peer-review and continuing medical education, required for operating in an accredited hospital. Surgeons must be certified (or eligible for certification) in surgical specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This is an important distinction between AAAASF and other organizations that may not require this high standard of qualifications for physicians operating within their accredited facilities; and
- Provide for the administration of general anesthesia, when appropriate, by a board-certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Other personnel assisting in surgery and providing care for the patient in the recovery room include specially-trained and certified surgical technicians, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.