October 1997 AAOS Report

Board approves Advisory and Position Statements

The Board of Directors, meeting Sept. 19-20 in Chicago, approved an Advisory Statement on "Wrong-Site Surgery" and a Position Statement on "Health Care Coverage for Children at Risk." The Advisory Statement recommends adherence to a specific protocol stating that Wrong-Site Surgery is preventable by having the surgeon's initials placed on the operative site with a permanent marking pen, and then the surgeon operates through or adjacent to his or her initials. The Position Statement states "children's access to care must not be blocked by inadequate insurance or finances, nor by funding that is restricted to particular, or limited, diagnostic categories." Both documents are available on the Academy's home page at http://www.aaos.org in the "What's New" section.

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