July 1, 2010

For urgent and emergent cases, which one goes to the OR first?

By: OR Manager

When several patients needing urgent or emergent surgery arrive at a hospital simultaneously, who decides which case goes to the OR first? For true emergencies, the decision is generally straightforward, with the patient rushed into the first available room. But in many other situations, the decision is not as clear: Should the patient with an open fracture go first? Should it be the patient with an ectopic pregnancy or perhaps…

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