Understanding your challenges of your operating theatre
Operating theatres are very often underutilized yet still expected to be the economic driver of the hospital. In the same time, case durations are usually underestimated.1
Multi-dimensional surgery scheduling processes can cause, delays, undocumented booking and late cancellations. 50% of all cancellations may not be for medical reasons.2
Busy operating theatres are crowded with various multidisciplinary teams, all playing a role in providing the best patient experience, making effective communication key
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1. OR Manager Vol 24, No 4, April 2008: Why are case estimates so often off?
2. Anesthesiology 2002; 96 A1145; K W Park: Scope of operating room cancellations for a busy university hospital vascular surgical service; MJA 20 June 2005, Vol 182, nr 12; W N Schofield, Rubin, M Piza, Y Yin Lai, D Sindhusake, M F Fernside, P Klineberg; Cancellation of operations on the day of intended surgery at a major Australian referral hospital