New study in Neurosurgery finds overlapping surgery is safe
Authors reviewed 7350 neurosurgical procedures, from 2012 to 2015, of both overlapping and non-overlapping surgeries, at an urban academic hospital. Notable variables collected include severity of illness, mortality risk, admission type, and procedure type. Researchers evaluated the outcomes of the procedures by patient recovery factors such as length of stay and estimated blood loss.

Results indicated that overlapping surgeries were more beneficial to patients than procedures performed in separate sessions. Although patients experienced longer operation times, they spent less time in the hospital. Patients were more likely to be discharged home and had lower mortality rates, blood loss, and acute respiratory failure...