ASC Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Steven Gunderson of Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated
In addition to practicing with Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated, Dr. Gunderson serves as clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine's Rockford campus.
In an interview with Becker's ASC Review, Dr. Gunderson discussed frequent ASC oversights and how they can be avoided. He said that extra procedures, such as a mole removal or hernia repair, are sometimes added to a surgery plan during the consultation between the surgeon and the patient. Oftentimes, these procedures are not added to the consent form. If relatives are present at the center, the staff can check with them, Dr. Gunderson said. However, if the patient is alone and the procedure is potentially risky, such as a hernia repair, the surgeon will not be allowed to perform the extra procedure. Although he said it's hard to prevent such an oversight, Dr. Gunderson recommended ensuring that surgeons are aware of exactly what appears on the consent form.
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