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Length of stay following elective surgery can we improve efficiency?

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Show simple item record Solon, Gemma Coffey, Calvin J. McNamara, Deborah 2016-01-28T12:51:02Z 2016-01-28T12:51:02Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Increasing emergency admissions place significant demands on limited hospital resources. We assessed national practices and resources for initiatives to reduce length of stay (LOS) and thereby improve efficiency of resource utilisation. Consultant members of the Irish Association of Coloproctology received a questionnaire seeking information about available initiatives aimed at reducing LOS. 20 out of 32 (62.5%) consultants responded to the questionnaire. Pre-assessment clinics for day surgery were available to 18(90%). Only 13 (65%) had access to pre-assessment clinics for patients requiring longer admissions. 11 (55%) could admit major cases on the day of surgery. Only 9 (45%) surgeons could guarantee immediate re-admission of patients discharged from hospital if needed. There was a divergence of opinion regarding the acceptable average LOS and percentage suitable for day surgery for a variety of common surgical procedures. This study highlights a number of key areas in which certain well-established initiatives could improve efficiency. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;106 (6)
dc.subject hospital stay en_US
dc.subject ellective surgery en_US
dc.title Length of stay following elective surgery can we improve efficiency? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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