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Date: 23 September 2020

Time: 20:21

Routine surgery quality indicator

Percentage of unplanned returns to theatre for all non-emergency surgical patients

How is the Trust doing?

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Rolling year to date (February 2019 – January 2020) 0.4%
Rolling 2 years (February 2018 – January 2020) 0.3%

Lower percentage indicates better performance.

The aim is for less than 2.5% of patients to go back to theatre as emergency returns. The Trust is currently performing well against this indicator.

Why is this indicator important?

Unplanned returns to theatre are frequently due to complications, for example to treat bleeding or other problems occurring early after the operation. Some complications following complex surgery are to be expected due to patients’ pre-existing medical problems and the nature of the disease being treated. A high rate can however indicate that the care being provided could be improved.

How do we measure this indicator?

The indicator is measured as a percentage of patients who had a non-emergency (planned) operation and had to go back to theatre as an emergency during the same hospital admission.

Where does the data come from?

The data for this indicator is compiled from the Trust’s theatre database called Galaxy.

Percentage of surgical patients who were intended to be treated as a day case but were admitted as an inpatient

How is the Trust doing?

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Rolling year to date (January 2019 – December 2019) 3.4%
Rolling 2 years (January 2018 – December 2019) 3.6%

Lower percentage indicates better performance.

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