New Study Shows Accreditation Related to Patient Safety

accredited_delmarDr Bhoyrul and his team are committed to continued excellence in a variety of ways that affect our patients’ health and chance for success. One way that we feel is particularly important is in doing all our surgeries in a center which has achieved and maintained an accredited status. When a medical center is accredited, it means that center has gone through a voluntary process which used to be known as Center of Excellence (COE) but last year became the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Going through the process of becoming accredited involves a rigorous evaluation which ensures the center meets nationally recognized bariatric standards. Additionally, the process focuses on the importance of on-going commitment to quality and improvement.

Not only do we believe accreditation is important, but studies have shown it. In the past, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that non-accredited centers had more than 3 times the mortality rate of accredited centers. Now, a new study is being published that adds to this evidence. Researchers analyzed over 275,000 bariatric procedures, and found that the difference in mortality between a non-accredited center and an accredited one is significant (0.22% vs 0.06%).

Dr Bhoyrul explains, “Centers of Excellence have effectively limited the practice of bariatric surgery to surgeons with a passion and dedication to the care of patients who have been subject to decades of misunderstanding, bias, and at times sub standard care.” Adding to the support for accreditation, the President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery said that facility accreditation has “saved lives, improved patient outcomes, reduced costs and expanded access to quality care.”

We are happy to see the positive results from our center and our colleagues around the country, related to these important programs that focus on excellence.

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