Tuesday, December 1, 2009

HFAP Announces New Standards for Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery

The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) has announced new accreditation standards for Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery. The new standards focus on "in-office requiring general anesthesia, deep sedation and moderate (conscious) sedation."

The standards require the physician administering or supervising the administration of general anesthesia to demonstrate knowledge of the risks involved and how to correct adverse consequences that may occur, including the rescue of a patient that becomes sedated beyond the intended level.

Accreditation for offices using local anesthesia, topical anesthesia, superficial nerve blocks, or minimal sedation is optional.

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