Sunday, July 30, 2017

Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once | Kaiser Health News

Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once | Kaiser Health News: The controversial practice has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

But over the past two years, the issue of overlapping surgery — in which a doctor operates on two patients in different rooms during the same time period — has ignited an impassioned debate in the medical community, attracted scrutiny by the powerful Senate Finance Committee that oversees Medicare and Medicaid, and prompted some hospitals, including the University of Virginia’s, to circumscribe the practice.

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