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Correspondence and Brief Communications
February 1, 2005

Longer Surgical Durations Can Lead to Significant Staffing Costs to the Anesthesiology Department and Hospital

Arch Surg. 2005;140(2):212. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.2.212-a

I read with great interest the report by Babineau et al1 on the cost of surgical residents. I agree with the authors that surgical residents by definition should take longer than fully trained surgeons to complete a surgical procedure. On the other hand, I must disagree with their conclusion that the costs to the hospital or anesthesiology department are insignificant.

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