Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Services in Charlotte
Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Services in Charlotte
At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, we perform a scope of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. We are committed to providing our patients the most advanced techniques, technologies, and minimally-invasive procedures. If you’re like most people, you’ve have considered one or two plastic surgery procedures. Take comfort in knowing that thousands of patients have put their trust in our doctors, and are thrilled with the care we provide and in the beautiful results.
Most of our patients choose to have their surgery performed in the safe, private, and comfortable setting of our own Plastic Surgery Center. Our state-of-the-art facility was designed specifically for you, our patient. Our Surgery Center is AAAASF certified, so you can be confident that we practice only the safest, highest quality of care surgery.
Some patients may elect to have their surgery performed at one of the many accredited surgical facilities in nearby communities. To provide the greatest convenience to our patients, we also offer our services at most of the well-known Charlotte surgical facilities.
State-of-the Art Plastic Surgery Center in Charlotte
At Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer our patients the comfort of our,state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center. This plastic surgery center is located at our Ballantyne facility and contains a spacious operating room with the most modern systems and technologies, a two-phase post anesthesia care unit (PACU), a pre-operative holding area, a waiting room, and a private entrance and exit. Our surgeons, Dr. Kara Criswell and Dr. Bryan Criswell, have privileges to perform surgery at hospitals throughout the greater Charlotte area, but perform most of their surgeries in our fully-accredited private surgery center. Our safe, comfortable and private center helps us provide the highest level of care to our patients who come to us from the local Charlotte area, from the rest of North Carolina, as well as from South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and beyond.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, you are also choosing where your surgery will be performed. Our patients trust our team of outstanding plastic surgeons and the care we provide at our surgery center. We work to ensure each of our patients is comfortable, relaxed, and confident in the procedure and in our entire staff. Each member of our OR staff is ACLS certified, and all other staff members are BCLS trained. At Criswell & Criswell, your safety is our priority, and we pride ourselves on consistently providing the highest quality of care.
AAAASF – The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Services Facilities – The Gold Standard for Safety in Outpatient Surgery Centers
Criswell & Criswell’s AAAASF Accredited Surgery Center – What does it mean?
These days, there is more to having surgery than just selecting your surgeon. AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) has designed an accrediting program to provide patients with an assurance of safety and quality in all aspects of an outpatient surgery experience. To achieve this goal, every AAAASF-accredited ambulatory surgery facility must meet stringent national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. The experts at AAAASF know that maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility is a dynamic process, requiring constant review and revision of standards to reflect the current state-of-the-art. As the leading accrediting organization, AAAASF has developed the systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery advances that directly benefit patients.
AAAASF accreditation has been recognized as the Gold Standard. The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities do not hold this important accreditation, and operate 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 an outpatient surgery setting.
AAAASF accreditation has been accepted by State Departments of Health in lieu of state licensure, and AAAASF has been approved to inspect facilities for certification by Medicare. AAAASF accreditation guidelines have been recognized as the highest standard, providing the most comprehensive level of safety and quality in ambulatory surgery care.
AAAASF accredited facilities must meet stringent requirements. All AAAASF accredited facilities must:
- Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations including licensure, 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.
- All individuals using the facility must be board-certified in their speciality.
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.
Modern surgery and anesthesia have reached new heights in safety and newer, less invasive procedures have been developed.
However, economic pressures have created a trend in outpatient surgery in which all types of physicians are performing surgeries in their offices. Many of these physicians are performing procedures learned during a weekend course and in many cases, are far afield from their medical training or not within their field of specialty. Another concern is the use of oral or intravenous sedation on patients undergoing these procedures in non-accredited facilities. AAAASF accreditation assures proper credentials and strict requirements for safeguards prevent this scenario.
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.
AAAASF is unique among accrediting agencies in protecting patients in an office-based surgery (OBS) setting:
- Requires surgeons to have hospital privileges for any procedure that is performed.
- Requires the use of anesthesia professionals for deeper levels of anesthesia.
- Requires safe surgical environment, equipment, drugs, etc. through specific standards.
- Holds OBS to Hospital standards.
- Requires peer review (peer oversight) and tracks data (complications, mortalities, etc. with extensive data covering over 2 million procedures).
For more information about AAAASF please visit www.aaaasf.org