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Society Section
January 2000

Perspective: Assuring the Safety of Facial Plastic Surgery Patients

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North Miami Beach, Fla


North Miami Beach, Fla

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2000;2(1):70-72. doi:

Assuring patient safety has been a topic of much debate recently, sparked by sensational media reports in Florida and California of the death or serious injury of patients who underwent elective surgery in office-based surgical suites. In hearings convened by legislatures and medical boards in both states, a spate of laws and regulations is being discussed that would increase governmental oversight of office-based surgery. Unlike hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, which have long been subject to state regulations, office-based surgery facilities have been largely unregulated.

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