AAAASF surveyors visit each facility to help promote patient safety
Surveyors are certified medical specialists dedicated to the peer-based accreditation process that gives AAAASF national and international recognition as the gold standard in accreditation. Through periodic training, they maintain surveyor certification and obtain current information critical to performing high quality surveys.
AAAASF surveyors conduct thorough, consistent surveys by evaluating each facility as a whole through observation, staff and patient interviews and assessment of each standard to determine compliance or non-compliance. AAAASF surveyors must:
- Participate in a survey team whose size and composition is appropriate for the facility
- Conduct a thorough and unbiased facility survey as instructed in the documents contained in the surveyor handbook
- Complete the survey in accordance with the AAAASF survey schedule and checklist
- Follow appropriate time guidelines
- Complete all forms and documentation required as provided in the surveyor handbook
- Return all forms and documentation to the AAAASF central office in the time designated
- Complete a Statement of Deficiency form for each deficiency
- Review the facility plan of correction and the supporting documentation to verify all deficiencies are corrected
Quality improvement methods and periodic assessment is key to maintaining the integrity of the accreditation programs. Surveyors are an integral part of the AAAASF accreditation process. AAAASF consistently evaluates its surveyors through an ongoing quality assurance process that incorporates facility feedback, objective performance metrics and random validation surveys. Surveyors must remain in good standing with AAAASF to continue performing surveys.