What is my role in the surgery process?
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is committed to providing quality patient care, promoting patient education, and enhancing patient safety. You will be asked to participate with the following processes.
If you are scheduled for elective surgery, you will be asked to verify the correct operative site during your visit with the pre-admission nurse. If your operation involves right versus left (for example - right knee or left knee), you will be asked to verify the correct site.
Before surgery, a nurse will verify the correct operative site with you. He/she will also confirm this information with your medical record and the surgery schedule.
The nurse will ask you to mark the operative site with your initials by using a skin marker.
The Surgical Team will recheck the surgical site with you. They will look at your initials and will document the verification process in your medical record.
If you do not understand this information, please ask a member of the Surgical Team.
Please be aware that questions regarding your name, physician, type and location of surgery, medical history, allergies, etc., will be repeated multiple times during your surgical process in order to ensure your safety.