Ask HRC: Surgeon Presence when Anesthesia Induction Starts

February 20, 2017 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​A Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) member recently inquired whether any federal or accreditation requirements address a surgeon's presence in the operating department or even the facility before anesthesia induction starts.

Joint Commission's Universal Protocol provides some guidance. The protocol recommends that the time-out be conducted before anesthesia...

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