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Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426

Abstract

Late cancellations of scheduled elective surgery limit the ability of the surgical care service to achieve its goals. Attributes of these cancellations differ between hospitals and regions. The rate of late cancellations of elective surgery conducted in Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar was found to be 13.14% which is similar to rates reported in hospitals elsewhere in the world; although elective surgery is performed six days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm in our hospital. Simple and systematic analysis of these attributes typically provides limited solutions to the cancellation problem. Alternatively, the application of the theory of constraints with its five focusing steps, which analyze the system in its totality, is more likely to provide a better solution to the cancellation problem. To find the constraint, as a first focusing step, we carried out a retrospective and descriptive study using a quantitative approach combined with the Pareto Principle to find the main causes of cancellations, followed by a qualitative approach to find the main and ultimate underlying cause which pointed to the bed crisis. The remaining four focusing steps provided workable and effective solutions to reduce the cancellation rate of elective surgery.

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