The Facial Surgery & Cosmetic Centre of Ottawa is a proud member of The Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (C.A.A.A.S.F.) Member facilities have chosen to be inspected by their colleagues because they want their patients to have the assurance of a safe alternative to in hospital surgery.
What are the membership requirements?
The aim of the C.A.A.A.S.F. is threefold:
1. To establish facility and equipment guidelines that member facilities must meet before membership.
2. To designate appropriate qualifications for individuals working in an ambulatory surgical facility.
3. To ensure that these standards are maintained in the day-to-day operation of the facility (In-House Quality Assurance Program).
Safety and Equipment Guidelines
Surgery today requires sophisticated instruments and monitoring devices. In a C.A.A.A.S.F. accredited facility, procedures are preformed in a modern operating suite with equipment necessary to ensure safe operating conditions. Proper space for the safe evacuation of patients in the event of fire must be assured. Emergency electrical power must be available in case of power failure to allow surgery to continue safely. A C.A.A.A.S.F. accredited facility meets the standards of safety and patient care as those required in a hospital outpatient unit. An accredited facility provides you with a safe environment specifically to accommodate your surgical needs.
All surgery performed in a C.A.A.A.S.F. facility must be done by a fully qualified (FRCSC) surgeon, certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He or she must be eligible to perform the same surgical procedures in an accredited hospital. This protects the public from surgeons performing procedures for which they are not qualified. The assisting personnel must be appropriately certified for their role in a accredited facility, just as they would in a government hospital. In those facilities providing procedures done under a general anaesthetic, a certified anesthesiologist would give the anaesthesia.
Maintenance of Standards
To maintain accreditation, member facilities must provide evidence that the standards set out by C.A.A.A.S.F. are adhered to in the day-to-day workings of the surgical unit. This is accomplished by written reports and periodic inspections.
The aim of the Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities is to protect the public from serious problems that could arise because surgical procedures were done in a place improperly equipped for a given procedure.
The Facial Surgery & Cosmetic Centre of Ottawa is conveniently located adjacent to the Ottawa Hospital (Riverside Campus), and is equipped with technically advanced surgical equipment. Our state of the art sterilization and injection control, with the most advanced anesthetic equipment, ensures your safety. Follow this link to learn more about our modern surgical facility.