Code of the District of Columbia

§ 44–533.04. Pre-operative requirements.

(a) A current statement in writing indicating informed consent and a signed authorization by the patient for the performance of a surgical procedure shall be procured and shall form a part of the patient's medical record.

(b) Appropriate medical history shall be obtained and the physical examination shall be sufficient to determine the state of health of the patient prior to performance of the surgical procedure.

(c) Appropriate current laboratory tests shall be performed on patients in accordance with standard medical practice.

(d) Written policies and procedures for coordination or referral from various sources, including transmittal of appropriate patient records, shall be established by the Medical Director and adhered to by all members of the staff.