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policy 0329 : Attending Presence During Surgery in an Operating Room

Attending surgeons are responsible for the care of the patient and the oversight of the surgical team, which may consist of Graduate Medical Trainees and other clinical providers, who are providing that care. Patients will not be transported into the assigned Operating Room (OR) until the attending surgeon presence is verified through direct communication between the attending surgeon and attending anesthesiologist. Exceptions include emergency cases and instances when the attending surgeon is already scrubbed into a case in a University of Virginia Medical Center operating room or procedure area. Attending surgeons are required to be present for, and to actively participate in, each surgery, as more fully described in this Policy, and to provide such direction, assistance, and supervision to other members of the surgical team as may be necessary and appropriate given the case, the patient, and the proficiency and experience of the team members.

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  1. effective date:

    January 20, 2018
  2. signature(s):

    Scott A. Syverud, MD, President, Clinical Staff
    Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center