Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 April 2020: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) has introduced a Desk Review Process that focuses on activities that are fundamental to ensure the safety of staff, patients and communities during the current public health emergency.
The Desk Review Process by AAAASF is aimed at staying connected and engaged with the accredited facilities that are due for resurvey, but the worksheet can be used by any facility to gauge its readiness to resume normal operations. The Desk Review Process is in line with the infection control and emergency protocols of AAAASF’s regulatory partners, which includes self-appraisal by the facilities and focused policy reviews relating to the COVID-19 emergency, in addition to the queries or concerns facilities may have during this unprecedented time.
This initiative by AAAASF aims to provide essential tools and resources that assist every accredited facility in preparing the COVID-19 related content that will be part of future surveys. The worksheet is available to any facility, even those that are not accredited, as a guide of what needs to be accomplished in order to safely resume care in light of the pandemic. Accredited facilities enjoy the additional benefit of AAAASF guidance in preparing the required protocols.
Facilities can download the Desk Review Worksheet Tool and Desk Review Instructions as required from the AAASF website. The review tool is expected to benefit medical facilities in providing safety and wellbeing of the staff members, the patients and community at large at a time when public health has taken the center of attention globally.
The AAAASF accredits thousands of medical facilities worldwide, making it one of the largest not-for-profit outpatient accrediting organizations. The organization is acknowledged and recognized within the healthcare industry for setting the Gold standard in accreditation.
AAAASF strives for the highest standards of excellence for its facilities by regularly updating its requirements for patient safety and quality of care, while requiring facilities to continually self-assess and evolve. Facility quality improvement plans must include identifying and correcting deficiencies cited during the facility’s annual inspection. This shows that the facility is taking their feedback into account.
AAAASF also requires facilities to collect and report on patient safety data from a number of cases each quarter, and mandates facility meetings to peer review cases throughout the year.
Through these measures, AAAASF aims to improve the performance and quality of the facilities it accredits, while also ensuring the standards are maintained.
AAAASF was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of health care in outpatient facilities. AAAASF accredits thousands of facilities world-wide. Physicians, clinicians, legislators, state/federal health agencies, and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the ‘Gold Standard in Accreditation’.