Optimising Theatre Utilization: Assessing Theatre Staff Orthopaedic Surgical Time Estimate Accuracy
The efficient use of hospital theatre time is important for members of the community to have their operations performed in a timely manner, reducing cancellations and the monetary cost wasted in under-utilised theatre time . The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported a 4.2% increase in elective case admissions during the period of 2013-2014 . These increases cite the need for more efficient use of hospital resources, particularly in the operating theatre environment with an emphasis on improved surgical scheduling . Whilst theatre booking programs have been utilised in an attempt to improve this, these have been shown to be less accurate than surgeon estimations, and are more irrelevant when considering Our data was taken in a situation where the majority of cases were pre booked on an orthopaedic list, which avoids the situation where a surgeon is booking a case after hours and/or competing with other surgical specialities.