Surgeons must tell patients of double-booked surgeries, new guidelines say.
Although scheduling overlapping surgeries may improve operating room efficiency, the practice can diminish patient safety. This newspaper article reports on new standards issued by the American College of Surgeons to reduce risks associated with concurrent surgeries, reviews a previous news investigation into the practice, and includes reactions from clinicians.
Abelson J, Staltzman J. Boston Globe. April 13, 2016.