Changing Operating Lists on the Day of Surgery: a service evaluation

T. Walmsley, G. Schmitgen, S. Carr, P. Mortimer, Joanne Garside, Warren Gillibrand

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This study aims to explore how often the operating list is changed on the day of surgery and the reasons why this may occur. The purpose was to analyse the wider potential impact that changing the list on the day of surgery may have on patient safety, patient satisfaction and theatre efficiency. Survey data was collected across a multi-specialty elective operating department. The findings demonstrated that a significant change in operating lists occurred in 37.3% of sessions, for a variety of potentially avoidable reasons. We concluded that improved organisation and communication before the planned session could reduce the occurrence of changes, thereby increasing patient safety, theatre efficiency and potentially reducing incidents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-242
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of perioperative practice
Issue number9
Early online date8 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


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