Please enter both an email address and a password.

Welcome to the RCS website. If you do not know your login details, please reset your password using the link below.

Account login

Need to reset your password?  Enter the email address which you used to register on this site (or your membership/contact number) and we'll email you a link to reset it. You must complete the process within 2hrs of receiving the link.

We've sent you an email

An email has been sent to Simply follow the link provided in the email to reset your password. If you can't find the email please check your junk or spam folder and add no-reply@rcseng.ac.uk to your address book.

3.5.2 Pre-operative checks

3.5.2 Preoperative checks

  • Clearly mark the site to be operated on with the patient’s agreement while the patient awake and prior to premedication. Ensure that the mark is visible when draped.
  • Verify the operation to be undertaken by checking the records, including images and consent form and, where possible, with the patient, rather than relying solely on the printed operating list for the procedure being performed.
  • Ensure that the written consent and the notes include, when appropriate, the side to be operated on using the words ‘left’ or ‘right’ in full.
  • Ensure that digits on the hand are named and on the foot numbered and similarly marked with the patient’s agreement while they are awake and prior to premedication.
  • Ensure that any instruction to withhold or withdraw treatment (for example, resuscitation categorisation) is taken in consultation with the patient or family and authorised by the appropriate senior clinician.
  • Establish the views held by individual patients regarding their position in relation to transfusion, in case certain forms of transfusion may be unacceptable to them.

« Previous: 3.5.1 Consent
 
Next: 3.5.3 Patient feedback  »

Resources

Title/Link Author Published Date
Standardise, Educate Harmonise: Commissioning the Conditions for safer surgery NHS England Never Events Taskforce 2013

Share this page: