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Covid-19: US hospitals continued to perform unnecessary surgeries during pandemic

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1254 (Published 19 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1254
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

US hospitals continued to perform eight overused and unnecessary surgical procedures for older patients during the first year of the pandemic, a study1 has shown.

Cardiologist Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute in Needham, Massachusetts, which carried out the research, said, “You couldn’t go into your local coffee shop during early days of the pandemic but hospitals brought people in for all kinds of unnecessary procedures. The fact that a pandemic barely slowed things down shows just how deeply entrenched overuse is in American healthcare.”

The non-profit institute studies ways to avoid unnecessary care. It was founded by the late Bernard Lown, co-winner of the 1985 Nobel peace prize, Harvard cardiologist, and developer …

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