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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2013;8(3):199-202.
Published online July 30, 2013.
Ambulatory surgery and unanticipated admission rate
Ji Yeon Kim, Bung Dal Lee, Suk Hee Park, Jae Woong Jung
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jydr.kim@samsung.com
Abstract
BACKGROUND
We evaluated all ambulatory surgeries conducted at our center using several factors (the utility rate and the number of ambulatory surgery, unanticipated admission and its reasons) in order to improve the performance of our facility. We hope that this data could be an indicator of ambulatory surgeries in Korea, which will help strengthen the basis for its development.
METHODS
We investigated this study by utilizing the retrospective methods. Data were obtained from hospital records over a period of 5 years (January 2006 to December 2010) for patients who underwent day surgeries at our Day Surgery Center (DSC).
RESULTS
The utility rate of ambulatory surgery was 20.38%, 20.91%, 17.03%, 16.73% and 17.70% from 2006 to 2010 each year. The total number of ambulatory surgeries performed in our DSC from 2006 to 2010 was 6875, 7168, 7423, 7417 and 7798 for each year. The unanticipated admission rate were 19 patients (0.57%), 30 patients (0.93%), 20 patients (0.62%), 46 patients (1.26%) and 48 patients (1.25%), respectively. The major causes of admission were due to surgeon request and wish of patients.
CONCLUSIONS
In the review of our DSC, although the number of ambulatory cases have been increased from 6875 to 7798, the trend of the utility rate of ambulatory surgery is slightly downward from 20.38% to 17.70% for the recent 5 years. All of the unanticipated admission rate per year was below 1.5% and most of the reasons of the unanticipated admission after ambulatory surgery were non-medical.
Key Words: Admission, Ambulatory surgery, Unanticipated, Utility
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