Concurrent surgeries: How much is too much?
A controversy at one healthcare facility has raised questions about the safety of concurrent surgeries. The practice is common but should be addressed by risk managers.
- Concurrent surgeries can be allowed without undermining patient safety.
- The hospital responded with extensive information on its web site.
- Hospitals should limit concurrent surgeries to only some surgeons and situations.
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has been the focus of controversy over the safety of concurrent surgeries and whether patients have a right to know when surgeons are dividing their attention. One patient safety leader tells Healthcare Risk Management that the practice is not necessarily improper but should be monitored by risk management.
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