Does overlapping surgery result in worse surgical outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
This systematic review of the safety of overlapping surgery included 14 studies and did not find differences in 30-day mortality or overall morbidity in overlapping versus nonoverlapping surgery across a range of procedures. Researchers noted a small increase in length of procedure for overlapping surgeries. They conclude that overlapping surgery does not lead to higher risk for morbidity and mortality, despite the controversy associated with this practice.