Florida Board of Medicine: Take a Pause

Posted in Latest News on January 17, 2013.

(a) Definition of Surgery/Procedure. As used herein, “surgery/procedure” means the removal, incision or curettage of tissue or an organ, insertion of natural or artificial implants, electro-convulsive therapy, endoscopic procedure or other procedure requiring the administration of anesthesia or an anesthetic agent. Minor surgeries/procedures such as excision of skin lesions, moles, warts, cysts, lipomas and repair of lacerations or surgery limited to the skin and subcutaneous tissue performed under topical or local anesthesia not involving drug-induced alteration of consciousness other than minimal pre-operative tranquilization of the patient are exempt from the following requirements. Paracentesis, thoracentesis, ocular surgery, liposuction, lipoplasty, and Mohs, are not minor surgeries/procedures.

(b) Except in life-threatening emergencies requiring immediate resuscitative measures, once the patient has been prepared for the elective surgery/procedure and the team has been gathered and immediately prior to the initiation of any procedure, the team will pause and the physician(s) performing the procedure will verbally confirm the patient’s identification, the intended procedure and the correct surgical/procedure site. The operating physician shall not make any incision or perform any surgery or procedure prior to performing this required confirmation. If the surgery/procedure is performed in a facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 395, F.S., or a level II or III surgery/procedure is performed in an office surgery setting, the physician(s) performing the procedure and another Florida licensed health care practitioner shall verbally and simultaneously confirm the patient’s identification, the intended procedure and the correct surgical/procedure site prior to making any incision or initiating the procedure. The medical record shall specifically reflect when this confirmation procedure was completed and which personnel on the team confirmed each item.

(c) Confirmation of the patient’s identity shall be made by using two or more of the following corroborating patient identifiers:

1. Name.
2. Assigned identification number.
3. Telephone number.
4. Date of Birth.
5. Social security number.
6. Address.
7. Photograph.

(d) The provisions of paragraph (b) shall be applicable to anesthesia providers prior to administering anesthesia or anesthetic agents, or performing regional blocks at any time both within or outside a surgery setting.

(e) At any time after the pause is completed, but before the procedure is initiated, if the physician(s) leave(s) the room where the procedure is being performed, upon his or her return, the pause set forth in subsection (b) above must be performed again.

(3) Management of postsurgical care is the responsibility of the operating surgeon.

(4) The operating surgeon can delegate discretionary postoperative activities to equivalently trained licensed doctors of medicine or osteopathy or to physicians practicing within Board approved postgraduate training programs. Delegation to any health care practitioner is permitted only if the other practitioner is supervised by the operating surgeon or an equivalently trained licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy or a physician practicing within a Board approved postgraduate training program.

Rulemaking Authority 458.309, 458.331(1)(v) FS. Law Implemented 458.331(1)(v) FS.
History–New 11-28-91, Formerly 21M-20.015, 21M-27.007, 61F6-27.007, 59R-9.007,
Amended 2-18-04, 9-18-05, 4-25-06, 5-6-08, 1-29-13(2)(b), (c), (e).
Crystal A. Sanford, CPM
Ms. Sanford is currently a Program Operations Administrator in the Board of Medicine
and has worked in the Board for over 22 years. info@FLBoardofMedicine.gov

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