The importance of surgical protocols at a Lakewood, CA animal hospital

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Animal Surgical Protocols Lakewood, CA
W hen a family member is facing a serious medical procedure such as surgery, it’s only natural to worry about all the things that could go wrong. If that family member is human, you have the comfort of knowing that there are extensive legal and industry regulations assuring his or her quality of care. However, there is far less regulation of surgical protocol and care when the patient is an animal. Therefore, it is important to choose a veterinary practice that voluntarily adheres to strict quality control standards. Bloomfield Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CA is among a small percentage of practices to receive American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation.

Why standards are important

Under ideal circumstances, there is very little risk of complications for a routine minor surgery, and even complex or major procedures have a high success rate. Why would any veterinarian willfully risk your pet’s wellbeing? In reality, the majority of veterinarians have good intentions, or at least we like to think so. However, without specifically detailed and enforced protocols, quality suffers.

What AAHA accreditation means

Surgical protocols at a Lakewood, CA animal hospital AAHA is the only veterinary accreditation organization in North America. To qualify, a practice must meet stringent standards in several areas, most notably:
  • Pre-surgical evaluation: Every single animal receives a comprehensive evaluation of bodily systems, organs, and general health. This is essential for designing the safest possible anesthesia plan.
  • Preparedness: There is no room for disorganization or supply shortages in a medical setting. If an emergency arises, every second counts. We have procedures in place, supplies on hand, and staff who know exactly what to do – just as you would find in a human hospital.
  • Sanitation: This is perhaps the most important of all surgical protocols, and it requires strict standards. Every surface and every instrument are sterilized, every time. Our team wears appropriate surgical attire during all procedures, and practices frequent handwashing.
  • Proper handling: Pets come in all sizes, species, and breeds. Without proper training, it can be quite difficult to handle or restrain an unfamiliar animal effectively, and without causing injury or unnecessary discomfort. That is why every member of our team receives complete training in humane, proper techniques for handling animals.
  • Dedicated surgical area: In order to maintain the safest and most sterile environment possible, we do not perform surgeries in standard treatment rooms. Instead, we have a dedicated surgical suite for all of our surgeries.


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While most veterinary practices avoid the extensive requirements that accompany AAHA accreditation, Bloomfield Animal Hospital welcomes them. Why? Because we are committed to providing the very best care possible. Our own quality standards naturally meet and exceed AAHA requirements, so we don’t have a problem meeting the accreditation requirement. Furthermore, we are constantly looking for ways to better serve you and your 4 legged family members. Therefore, we embrace any guidance that may help us improve.

Our philosophy of surgical treatment

Safest possible anesthesia plan To be entrusted with the health of a beloved family member is an honor and a responsibility to be taken seriously, regardless of whether the patient is human or a pet. We believe that pets deserve the same level of compassion and clinical excellence as humans. Like any quality medical facility, we recognize the inherent risk of any surgical procedure, and we know that proper safety protocols can minimize those risks.

Our dedication to quality care extends beyond the operating room. Our team will thoroughly explain the procedure, answer your questions, and keep you apprised of your pet’s condition, because we understand that this can be a stressful time. Additionally, we know that pets feel frightened and confused when away from home, in an unfamiliar setting, and the strange experience of surgery. Therefore, compassion, companionship, attention, and affection are part of our standard treatment plan.

Quality you can count on

When you choose Bloomfield Animal Hospital, you can feel confident knowing your pet is in skilled, gentle hands. If you have any questions, or you would like to arrange an appointment, just give us a call at (562) 383-7788.