Resource implications of cancelled operations

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6921.138c (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:138
  1. D L McWhinnie,
  2. J A Michaels,
  3. J Collin,
  4. P J Morris
  1. Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU.

    EDITOR, - Cancellation of a planned elective operation is sometimes unavoidable because of unpredictable variations in emergency workload, but cancellations due to the distribution of resources can be identified by audit and may be preventable within existing budgets. Repeated admissions for operations that are later cancelled give rise to duplication of essential investigations and further wastage of resources.

    A prospective audit of cancellations of major aortic surgical procedures during 1992 was conducted …

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