Root cause analysis: Delays in the first surgical case

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Abstract

Scheduling in hospital operating rooms (ORs) is chaotic due to most of the surgeries is not being performed on time. Unpredictable turnover times and delays in the first surgical care have been key factors in the delay of surgeries. A time study was conducted to investigate the detailed tasks and time spent during the preparation in the OR holding area. A follow-up focus group with OR staff and surgeons was conducted to discuss the root causes of delay in the early morning first case. In addition, potential solutions were discussed in the focus group to eliminate observed waste of time in the OR holding area. The main purposes of the study are to discuss the root causes of delays in the first surgical case and to seek a context-appropriate OR preparation workflow based on various surgical contexts, clinical workflow, and organizational policy and culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages253-258
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762447
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015 - Nashville, United States
Duration: May 30 2015Jun 2 2015

Publication series

NameIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015

Other

OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period5/30/156/2/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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