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Time Utilization of Operation Department


  • Jitendra Kumar Hayaran
  • Agency : Operation Department, Time Utilization, OT, NABH Standards
  • Objective : The objective of the study deals with to assess the overall utilization of operation theaters in terms of hours to assess the extent to which different departments are utilizing the allocated hours and to identify the proportion of (unplanned or planned) of surgeries.
  • Background : The study was conceived to assess the overall utilization of the OT and also the type of surgeries for which it is being utilized at Sola Hospital.  The operation theatre complex of a hospital represents an area of considerable expenditure in a hospital budget and requires maximal utilization to ensure optimum cost-benefit. There is paucity of data in India on the use of available operating time and the reasons for less than optimal utilization have not been studied. In order to improve the utilization of operating room it is essential to know how much time is spent on each of the activities. Since Sola hospital has acquired pre accreditation certification from NABH, it has relatively become a centre of high activity.
  • Methodology : This study is a descriptive in nature. Data was collected from various sources.
  • Findings : It was found that highest number of unplanned surgeries occurred in the department of orthopedics (48.57%) followed by general surgery (28.57%). In three months 689 hours were utilized for O.T. surgeries (Planned + Unplanned) & 511 hours were left unutilized. Orthopedic was identified as a department where highest “no. of hours wasted” for O.T. utilization was observed (216 hours un utilized in comparison to only 144 hours utilized in 3 months); followed by general surgery 189 hours unutilized in comparison to only 27 hours utilized in 3 months. Orthopedic was identified as a department where highest “no. of hours wasted” for O.T. utilization was observed (216 hours unutilized in comparison to only 144 hours utilized in 3 months); followed by general surgery 189 hours un utilized in comparison to only 27 hours utilized in 3 months. In General Hospital, utilization of theater shows that scope of operative services is wide but utilization in various specialty shows that the distribution is not appropriate. While for some specialties, the O.T. utilization is satisfactory, for others, it is far below the expected level.
  • Recommendations : Not Available
the study deals with to assess the overall utilization of operation theaters in terms of hours to assess the extent to which different departments are utilizing the allocated hours