Friday, April 15, 2016

Can a surgeon be in two places at once? The issue of concurrent surgery

The Boston Globe recently published a rather lengthy but riveting piece entitled
"CLASH IN THE NAME OF CARE" (see this link), which they describe as "a battle pitting a star surgeon against a great hospital, MGH. The question: Is it right or safe for surgeons to run two operations at once? Is it right that their patients may have no idea? The conflict went on for years. And it isn’t over yet."

There was a followup piece regarding a statement from the American College of Surgeons (see this link).

Comment: This is important, because it cuts to the trust a patient has in the person he or she has chosen to to the surgery.

The basic principle is that a surgeon cannot be involved in the critical part of two cases at the same time.


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