A Survey of Overlapping Surgery Policies at U.S. Hospitals

J Law Med Ethics. 2021;49(1):64-73. doi: 10.1017/jme.2021.11.


The authors surveyed hospitals across the country on their policies regarding overlapping surgery, and found large variation between hospitals in how this practice is regulated. Specifically, institutions chose to define "critical portions" in a variety of ways, ultimately affecting not only surgical efficiency but also the autonomy of surgical trainees and patient experiences at these different hospitals.

Keywords: Concurrent Surgery; Critical Portions; Immediately Available; Informed Consent; Overlapping Surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States