You’ve just been appointed chief of surgery, and the nursing director of the operating room comes to you and says that a surgeon is running two operating rooms simultaneously—sometimes three. On occasion, a fellow is actually performing the surgery. The nursing director is worried that patients might not have been properly informed or cared for.
Explore this issue:March 2016
How should you handle this?
This fictional scenario was one of several considered by a panel of medical administrators. Panelists stressed the need for administrators to use patience and tact, but also firmness when necessary, in dealing with delicate circumstances involving potentially unethical behavior by surgeons.