Ensuring Your Safety
The physicians and nurses at Anaheim Regional Medical Center take the following
important steps to help ensure that everything goes as planned for your
Step 1: Review the Consent Form
The consent form
- Your full name
- Full name of surgeon or physician conducting the procedure
- Procedure site
- Reason for procedure
- You (or your surrogate) must sign the consent form before surgery. It should
be written in words that you can understand. If you are confused or uncertain
about anything, please ask.
Step 2: Patient Identification
The operating room staff will ask you to state:
- Your full name
- Full social security number and/or birth date
- Site of procedure (body part)
The staff member will check your responses with your ID band, consent form,
and other documents.
Do not be alarmed by these questions; they are essential in ensuring that all
of your personal information is correct.
Step 3: Marking the Surgery Site
- In the presence of an operating room staff member, you (or your surrogate)
must mark the operative site with a pen before you go into the operating room.
Do not mark non-operative sites
- Check periodically that the mark does not rub off; tell the nurse if the
mark rubs or washes off before surgery.
Sept 4: "Time Out"
Before beginning the procedure, the operating room staff will verbally
confirm the following through a "time out":
- Presence of the correct patient
- Marking of the correct surgical site
- Procedure to be performed
- Availability of correct implant (if applicable)
Step 5: Imaging Data
If imaging data are used to confirm the surgical site, two or more members
of the operating room team will confirm that the images are correct and