"Take a Pause" Regulation Amended

Effective January 29, 2013, the Florida Department of Health has amended Florida Administrative Code 64B8-9.007, the "Take a Pause" regulation, to provide that:

  • "Pause" must be performed again if the physician leaves the room at any time after "pause" first completed, but before procedure initiated
  • Physicians are now required to confirm the patient's identity, confirm the procedure being performed and confirm the correct surgical site with another healthcare practitioner. Confirmation of the patient's identity shall be made using specific identifiers set out in the regulation.
  • Clarification of the definition of surgery by adding to the definition of surgery the removal of tissue or organ as well as language to provide that paracentesis, thoracentesis, ocular surgery, liposuction, lipoplasty, and Mohs, are not minor surgeries or procedures and therefore "pause" must be performed.

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