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Sunday 21 July 2019
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Optimising operating theatres to achieve 95% utilisation of planned time consistently

Theatres are a key resource of all major hospitals, but also account for large resource costs. In most hospitals the drive for cost containment and increased patient volume in operating theatres is very evident. Here costs are measured in minutes and revenue gained on a per case basis. Almost without exception, in every hospital there is an ongoing problem of operating theatres finishing before the planned finish times, as well as operations being cancelled, or indeed over running time with the inevitable knock-on effects.