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Principles on Intraoperative Responsibility of Primary Surgeons Published

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a Statement of Principles on the responsibility of the primary surgeon during surgery. Recent news reports about “concurrent surgery” had raised questions about primary surgeons initiating a second surgery before the first surgery was fully completed. According to ACS, “The primary attending surgeon is personally responsible for the patient’s welfare throughout the operation. In general, the patient’s primary attending surgeon should be in the operating suite or be immediately available for the entire surgical procedure. There are instances consistent with good patient care that are valid exceptions. However, when the primary attending surgeon is not present or immediately available, another attending surgeon should be assigned as being immediately available.”