Accreditation | Bariatric surgery | Salem Health
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Understanding accreditation

MBSAQIP roundWhen deciding where to have metabolic or bariatric surgery, patients have many options. One significant choice to make is whether you will have your surgery at an accredited or a nonaccredited facility. In making this choice, it is critical for patients and referring physicians to understand what makes a facility "accredited," and why that accreditation is so important.

The bariatric and metabolic surgery accreditation process is called MBSAQIP, which stands for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. MBSAQIP was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, to foster patient safety and surgical excellence. To become accredited, a facility undergoes a rigorous process of evaluations to ensure their level of quality across safety, training, followup, and surgical volume standards.

Importance of accreditation

A recent study showed that the mortality rates at non-accredited facilities are on average three times greater than the mortality rates at accredited facilities.

Accreditation is an important, life-saving process and we encourage patients and referring physicians to seek out those facilities that meet these rigorous standards.

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