How it works

“It’s great because you’re cross-checking your marking with three other people, your patient, who is the most important, confirming the right side, right location, and you’re also checking it with two other providers as well.”
1. SURGEON. The surgeon places his or her initials and date directly on the patient’s skin within the operative site;
2. PATIENT. This is the only marking system where the patient plays an active role by confirming the surgeon has identified and marked the correct surgical site. If  everything is correct, the patient places a checkmark in the Patient box;
3. NURSE. The nurse separately confirms the correct patient, procedure, and that the surgeon and patient have identified the correct surgical site. The nurse then confirms this step with a checkmark in the Nurse box;
4. ANESTHESIA PROVIDER. There are two important reasons why the anesthesia provider needs to check the box: 1) confirm the correct operative site has been identified, 2) show that they have confirmed the correct operative site before performing a regional block;
5. TATTOO REMOVAL. When ready to begin prepping the skin, the tattoo dissolves away in 5–10 seconds with an alcohol wipe or hand sanitizer and gauze—yet the marks stay on the patient’s skin. The tattoo can also be wiped away in 30 seconds with any prepping solution containing alcohol.
Standardized Markings
Patient actively involved
Visual crosschecks
Prevents wrong-site blocks
Markings stay on skin

Specially-Formulated Temporary Tattoo

Applies in just 10 seconds

Wipes away with gauze and water


How to Use the Surgical-Sign