Study: OR Availability Delay Greater Than Two Hours Increased Hospital Costs 39%

A short delay in operating room availability for urgent cases is associated with significant increases in hospital costs, according to a study published in Surgery.

Researchers conducted a retrospective review of patients who underwent appendectomy for appendicitis from 2004-2009. They found a gap time of more than two hours — the time from case booking to surgery start — was associated with 39 percent higher costs to the hospital.

The authors suggest the increased cost from delayed OR availability was due to inefficient care.

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