ETMC Tyler achieves reaccreditation for bariatric surgery

October 19, 2017

ETMC Tyler has been reaccredited as a comprehensive center with adolescent qualifications for bariatric surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).

“Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity, and its related conditions, have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program like ETMC that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care,” said Dana Carns, RN, MSN, director of nursing.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, ETMC met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

After submitting an application, centers seeking accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. A center is awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.