64B15-14.006. Standards of Practice for Surgery/Procedure  

Effective on Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • 1The Board of Osteopathic Medicine interprets the standard of care requirement of Section 14459.015(1)(z), F.S., 16and the delegation of duties restrictions of Section 24459.015(1)(aa), F.S., 26with regard to surgery as follows:

    32(1) The ultimate responsibility for diagnosing and treating medical and surgical problems is that of the licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician who is to perform the surgery. In addition, it is the responsibility of the treating physician or an equivalently trained allopathic or osteopathic physician practicing within a Board approved postgraduate training program to explain the procedure to and obtain the informed consent of the patient. It is not necessary, however, that the operating surgeon obtain or witness the signature of the patient on the written form evidencing informed consent.

    122(2) This rule is intended to prevent wrong site, wrong side, wrong patient and wrong surgeries/procedures by requiring the team to pause prior to the initiation of the surgery/procedure to confirm the side, site, patient identity, and surgery/procedure.

    160(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. 252Paracentesis, thoracentesis, ocular surgery, liposuction, lipoplasty, and Mohs, are not minor surgeries/procedures.

    264(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 in the surgery/procedure room and immediately prior to the initiation of any procedure, the surgery/procedure 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 physician performing the surgery/procedure shall not make any incision or perform any surgery or procedure prior to performing this required confirmation. 349If 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 surgery/procedure and the correct surgical/procedure site prior to making any incision or initiating the procedure. 414The notes of the surgery/procedure shall specifically reflect when this confirmation procedure was completed and which personnel on the surgical team confirmed each item.

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

    4581. Name.

    4602. Assigned identification number.

    4643. Telephone number.

    4674. Date of Birth.

    4715. Social security number.

    4756. Address.

    4777. Photograph.

    479(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.

    512(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 paragraph (b) above must be performed again.

    556(3) Management of postsurgical care is the responsibility of the operating surgeon.

    568(4) The operating surgeon can delegate discretionary postoperative activities to equivalently trained licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician 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 allopathic or osteopathic physician or a physician practicing within a Board approved postgraduate training program.

    631Rulemaking Authority 633459.005, 634459.015(1)(z) FS. 636Law Implemented 638459.015(1)(x), 639(z), (aa) FS. History–New 10-16-01, Amended 4-5-05, 11-5-07, Amended 10-3-13.


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