Thanks to major advances in surgical techniques, anesthesia and pain management, ASCs today routinely—and safely—perform most outpatient surgery procedures, including total joint replacements.
Because ASCs specialize in the procedures they perform, they are able to concentrate on patient safety and the patient experience and have an excellent record of safety and quality outcomes for patients.
Just like in hospital operating rooms, the surgeons, nurses and medical professionals in ASCs follow a very specific set of protocols and procedures that consistently lead to excellent results for surgical patients.
Regulation and Oversight
As noted above, ASCs function just like hospital outpatient departments and, like hospitals, ASCs must comply with a wide range of laws, rules and regulations. Most ASCs are Medicare certified, and many are accredited by the major independent healthcare rating agencies.
ASCs are also required to maintain a strict sanitary environment; every ASC must establish and maintain programs and procedures for preventing infections.
Similarly, ASCs must conduct regular, comprehensive assessments of the quality of care they provide to their patients.
When it comes to the emphasis placed on patient safety, there is no difference between a hospital and a surgery center.