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Estimating the duration of common elective operations: implications for operating list management.

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Over-running operating lists are known to be a common cause of cancellation of operations on the day of surgery. We investigated whether lists were overbooked because surgeons were optimistic in their estimates of the time that operations would take to complete. We used a questionnaire to assess the estimates of total operation time of 22 surgeons, 35 anaesthetists and 16 senior nursing staff for 31 common, general surgical and urological procedures. The response rate was 66%. We found no dif...

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Journal:
Anaesthesia
Volume:
61
Issue:
8
Pages:
768-776
Publication date:
2006-08-01
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EISSN:
1365-2044
ISSN:
0003-2409
Source identifiers:
242944

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