Surgical Facilities

The regulations regarding an outpatient surgical facility are:

- patients cannot be admitted without a recent and thorough examination. If an exam has not been performed, a private exam or treatment room can be provided for at the facility.

- the surgical center is composed of unrestricted areas (central control, patient entrance, etc.), semi-restricted areas (support areas of the surgical suites) and restricted areas (operating rooms).

- surgical attire and head covering is required in the semi-restricted areas, masks are also required in the restricted areas.

- there are three classes of operating rooms:

1. Class A - provides for minor surgical procedures performed under topical and local blocks. These rooms require a minimum of 150 sq ft, minimum width of 12 ft.

2. Class B - provides for minor or major surgical procedures performed in conjunction with oral, parenteral or intravenous sedation. These rooms require a minimum of 250 sq ft, minimum width of 15 ft.

3. Class C - provides for major surgical procedures that require general or regional block anesthesia. These rooms require a minimum of 400 sq ft, minimum width of 18 ft.

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