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Sixty seconds on . . . concurrent surgery

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4667 (Published 11 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4667
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

What is it?

A single surgeon looking after two operations at the same time. It’s common in leading teaching hospitals in the US.

How does it work?

Some parts of an operation are more critical or difficult than others. The senior surgeon is responsible for these but may leave more routine parts to others, saving enough time to supervise an overlapping operation.

Isn’t that risky?

Yes, according to the Boston Globe, which has been campaigning against the practice for two years. Last week it claimed …

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