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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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MBA, RN, CNOR, director of surgical services at UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, Pa., adding that the surgeon is always given the option to cancel the case. If the surgeon decides to go ahead, the patient's refusal is documented and an alternative, such as placing a wristband on the side of the procedure, is initiated. Several readers mention armbands, wristbands and stickers as preferred alternatives if patients refuse marks. But several others, recognizing the chronic danger of operating on unmarked patients, say that when a patient refuses to be marked, they refuse to cut. What do you tell those patients? "You, my friend, may go home," offers one physician, "and pretend you had surgery." OSM E-mail jburger@outpatientsurgery.net. 5 2 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U LY 2 0 1 5

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