Medical malpractice encompasses many different situations and scenarios of medical error. One scenario involves a surgeon performing multiple surgeries simultaneously, which can compromise the safety of the patients involved. This scenario can be problematic on many levels, including the mental and physical state of the surgeon and their ability to perform all of the surgeries safely and successfully. Another issue may lie with the claims that are submitted to Medicare, Medicaid, or other government-run health benefit programs.
Considering that a surgeon who is performing multiple simultaneous surgeries cannot possibly be in more than one place at a time, something is bound to be compromised and the patients will suffer in the end. The patient may be under general anesthesia for longer than necessary, which can potentially cause harm, whether short-term, long-term, or permanent. In that scenario, none of the patients are receiving the surgeon’s full attention.
Compromising ethics and integrity
This type of situation is physically dangerous to the patient but it also violates the patient’s trust in the surgeon as well as compromising the hospital’s standard of care. Additionally, the patient has an increased risk of developing postoperative complications because of this type of surgical practice.
There are laws that strictly prohibit a surgeon from performing simultaneous surgeries and those laws protect the patients and make sure that they receive fair and just medical care. If a surgeon violates those laws and compromises the safety of the patients in the process, the surgeon will most likely face consequences.
The value of legal support
If you have had a similar experience, it may be a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer who can evaluate your case and offer you the support and guidance that you need to cope with your injuries.