Double-booking: what's at stake here?

There's a controversial practice that existed ages, it's been pretty much the standard in many-many places for decades, but during the last couple of years, there's been a huge uproar about it. The problem in question is, of course, surgeons operating on 2 patients at once. The problem of overlapping surgery has lead to some serious debates in the medical field and the media.
Usually, the hospitals themselves make the decision, whether to ban this practice.

  • People call it running 2 rooms or being double-booked. The general rules in the USA actually allow this practice, as long as the doctor is present during the most important portions of the both surgeries. However, the definition of these “portions” are up to the doctor. The problem started reaching the general public way back in 2015, after a thorough investigation of surgeons that work two rooms at once.
  • The article itself highlights some morbid cases, namely 1 person getting paralyzed and two dying, the cause of these unlucky events being, you know it, the surgeon operating two rooms. The patients said that they were never informed that their surgeries were overlapping, and the better part of them say they wouldn't have said yes if they were informed in advance.
    Nowadays, according to the more recent research, patients don't seem to be too keen on their surgeons working two rooms.

A recent research shows that only 4% of 1454 people had some knowledge of overlapping surgeries. Only thirty-one percent supports it and over 90% thinks that that's something to be disclosed well in advance. Because of the uproar, most people involved in the health industry have decided to eliminate concurrent surgeries in all the specialties.

Published at 02/26/2021