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Virtual Seminar - Operating room time as a limited resource: ethical considerations for allocation


Wednesday 25th May 2022

17.30 - 18.30

Join us for a thought-provoking hour of ethics as we explore another area of current thinking in the latest in our series of Virtual Seminars.


Following publication of his article Operating room time as a limited resource: ethical considerations for allocation*, Patrick Kelly (Department of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) will discuss the article in more detail and answer questions.


Article abstract:

Scheduling surgical procedures among operating rooms (ORs) is mistakenly regarded as merely a tedious administrative task. However, the growing demand for surgical care and finite hours in a day qualify OR time as a limited resource. Accordingly, the objective of this manuscript is to reframe the process of OR scheduling as an ethical dilemma of allocating scarce medical resources. Recommendations for ethical allocation of OR time—based on both familiar and novel ethical values—are provided for healthcare institutions and individual surgeons..

 *The article can be accessed here

Speaker Biography:

Patrick D. Kelly, MD, is a chief resident of neurological surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), and his medical doctorate from  Vanderbilt University. He remained at Vanderbilt for residency training. He will complete a fellowship in skull base surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in the 2022-2023 academic year. His clinical interests include neurosurgical oncology and clinical ethics, and his research centers on clinical and patient-reported outcomes for patients with brain tumors.


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