We do not have surgery residents as well. In many straight-forward
cases the surgeon will wait until 6 or 7 am to seen cases of acute
appendicitis that present after midnight, if the patient is stable. For
what its worth, there is some non-randomized data to support the
position that this is reasonable:
Yamini D et al. Am Surg 1998;64:970.
Eldar S et al. Am J Surg 1997;173;194-8.
Dolgin SE et al. Surg Obstet Gyn 1992;175:320-4.
Surana R et al. BMJ 1993;306:1168.
Jay Fisher MD
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