The Incapacitated Physician or Staff Member
It is our policy that all employees and professional staff
members practice in a competent, ethical manner, with
judgment and/or skills uncompromised by physical and/or
emotional illness. Appropriate emergency care and support
will be provided to any professional staff member, surgeon,
or employee who becomes incapacitated in the performance of
1. 911 will be called immediately. Meanwhile, appropriate
emergency care will be instituted, including initiation
of CPR procedures or other supportive measures.
2. SHOULD THE SURGEON PERFORMING A PROCEDURE BECOME
INCAPACITATED IN THE MIDST OF A PROCEDURE, the
anesthesia provider will assume responsibility for the
care of the patient while assisting the senior clinical
person on site with the care of the incapacitated
surgeon. If another qualified surgeon is on site, or has
been designated to be called in the event of such an
emergency, that person shall assume responsibility for
the care of the patient. If there is no other surgeon
or anesthesia provider on site, the senior clinical
person on site, in the normal chain of command for care
of our patients, will direct the care of both the patient
and the incapacitated surgeon.
If there is not a surgeon on site qualified to complete
the procedure underway on the patient, that patient will
be stabilized and transported, as appropriate. If the
patient's condition does not require transfer to another
level of care, the senior clinical person on site will
assure that the patient has been appropriately evaluated
before allowing that patient to leave the premises.
3. SHOULD THE ANESTHESIA PROVIDER PERFORMING A PROCEDURE
BECOME INCAPACITATED IN THE MIDST OF A PROCEDURE, the
surgeon will determine if the procedure can be completed
without additional assistance by an anesthesia
provider. At the request of the surgeon or senior
clinical person attending the anesthesia provider, 911
will be notified to supplement care by transporting. The
Circulator will be responsible to monitor patient
vital signs during the interval while other staff may be
distracted by the needs of the anesthesia provider.
4. Documentation of care delivered to each patient will be
5. Staff will support other patients who may be present and
accommodate changes in the schedule as necessary.
6. An Incident Report form will be completed.
Approved By Governing Board