Preop Nurse??

  1. Does your OR staff a "preop" nurse? Currently we have 1 of the OR RN's who preop's any inpatients and then will also go to our Short Stay Care/ACU unit who preop's all of our same day admits or outpatients to make sure all things are in place.

    The OR circulator when getting a patient then can interview the patient and know that all of the paperwork is complete (H & P, consents, antibiotics, etc).

    How do you ensure pts are ready for the OR.........I'm wondering if we are wasting a circulator by doing this or if its valuable??

    Thanks in advance.