Surgical Scheduling Policy – First Case On Time Starts

At the May 27, 2016, Department of Surgery meeting, a new Surgical Services policy was reviewed and approved that addresses first case on-time starts.

According to the Surgical Scheduling Policy:

On Time Starts:

1. Surgeons must be in the Operating Room and ready to scrub at the time scheduled. It shall be the duty of the Operating Room Desk Coordinator in cooperation with the anesthetist, to have the patient in the operating room and fully prepared for induction of anesthesia at the time the operation is scheduled.

2. First case late starts will be documented by operating room personnel.

3. If a surgeon has three (3) first case late starts in a rolling three (3) month period, first start privileges including block times will be forfeited for a period of one (1) month.

4. The only acceptable excuse for being late for a scheduled first case start will be a legitimate verifiable medical emergency requiring the surgeon’s immediate and continued presence elsewhere. Requests for excused tardiness must be in writing and received by the Department Chairs within three (3) working days.

The policy will be effective July 1, 2016. Our goal is to provide prompt and professional services to our patients while also avoiding unnecessary inconvenience to our fellow surgeons. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

Alex Kim, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery
Paul DeHaan, MD, Chairman, Department of Orthopedics

For a printable copy of this memo click here.