Swedish double-booked surgeries, and the patients didn’t know

This X-ray from October 2014 shows the hardware in Orna Berkowitz’s lower spine from two operations that year. She didn’t know that, during those entire surgeries, her doctor also had cases in other operating rooms. (Courtesy of Orna Berkowitz)
This X-ray from October 2014 shows the hardware in Orna Berkowitz’s lower spine from two operations that year. She didn’t know that, during those entire surgeries, her doctor also had cases in other operating rooms. (Courtesy of Orna Berkowitz)

Some of Swedish Health’s top neurosurgeons have routinely run multiple operating rooms at the same time while keeping patients in the dark about the practice, The Seattle Times has found. Swedish touts its patient outcomes and is clarifying its consent forms.

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