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Date: 16 October 2017

Time: 23:05

Routine surgery quality indicator

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

How is the Trust doing?

Graph displaying the percentage of unplanned returns to theatre for all non-emergency surgical patients

Rolling year to date (August 2016 – July 2017) 0.4%
Rolling 2 years (August 2015 – July 2017) 0.5%

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.

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