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The use of operating theatres the effect of case-mix in training in general surgery

Opit, Louis J., Collins, R.E.C., Campbell, G. (1991) The use of operating theatres the effect of case-mix in training in general surgery. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, 73 (6). pp. 389-393. ISSN 0035-8843. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Details of theatre occupancy times for a surgical unit in a district general hospital and associated cottage hospital were recorded over a 4-month period. The average time of the procedures individually and reclassified within the BUPA schedule showed that both the severity of the procedure and the grade of surgeon influenced future theatre needs. For almost every type of procedure, as expected, consultants were quicker than registrars, who in turn were faster than SHOs. The hidden cost of training surgeons in general surgical operative procedures can be estimated as a result. It is concluded that current measures of resource use which rely only on the bed use and ignore operating theatre needs and training requirements for non-consultant grades will be misleading, particularly in relation to the large element of minor or intermediate surgery which constitutes the bulk of most district health authorities' workload.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 08:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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