A primary refers to the main person or team taking care of a patient, particularly in the inpatient setting.
Who Can Be Primary?
Technically, any one of the numerous medical and surgical subspecialties can be primary.
Who Should Be Primary?
More often than not: Medicine.
Can a Primary Service Sign Off a Patient?
Technically no, but we're pretty sure some have tried.
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- History Made as Orthopedic Surgery Takes Patient as Primary (European Femur Journal)
- Infographic: Who Should Really Be Primary? (Gomerblog)
- Jealous of All the Consultants Who Signed Off, Primary Team Decides to Sign Off Too (Gomerblog)