Ever see dopey kids trying to “multitask” with their iPhones? I’ve seen these dummies walk into traffic, telephone poles, and even right into walls.
At least they’re only hurting themselves… and maybe giving the rest of us a chuckle (especially if they end up on America’s Funniest Home Videos).
There’s another kind of multitasking out there that’s no laugh at all, because this one could hurt or even kill you as new research finds that SURGEONS are multitasking right there in the operating room!
They don’t have a phone in one hand and a scalpel in the other.
At least, I hope they don’t.
But the study finds too many docs are double-booking themselves so they can perform multiple procedures practically at once.
The hospital lines up patients – in different rooms, by the way, so you have no idea you’re in a surgery mill – and instead of the doc focusing on the job you and your insurer are paying BIG money for, you get an assistant or even a trainee for most of the procedure.
You may not even know this, because for most procedures you’ll be unconscious.
The assistant does the grunt work of opening you up and stitching you shut and maybe even a million other things along the way.
Meanwhile, the surgeon is going from room to room doing the one part of the operation he thinks he should do.
If you’ve never heard of this – if you’ve never imagined this could happen (no doubt because it defies all common sense) – you’re not alone.
The study finds that just 4 percent of American patients have heard of “overlapping surgeries,” and in large part it’s because no one in mainstream medicine wants to talk about it.
Gee, you have to wonder why surgeons aren’t more open about this. Could it be… THEY KNOW IT’S BONKERS????
Of course it is, and most patients would – rightfully – throw a fit if they knew their surgeons were doubling and tripling up on them.
Docs and hospitals alike insist the practice is safe. And, who knows? Maybe in some cases it is.
But patients have a right to know about it and a right to refuse it, especially since we live in an era when medical mistakes are practically becoming an epidemic.
So, if you have any kind of surgery in your future — whether it’s a simple joint procedure or a complex heart operation — don’t assume the docs will let you know about the possibility of “overlapping” surgery.
Ask who will be doing the operation from start to finish. Ask who will be in the room. And ask if your surgeon will be engaging in this form of “multitasking.”
And if you don’t like the answer, go with another doc.