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An audit of the cost effectiveness of protocol-driven versus surgeon-directed pre-operative assessment of NHS patients referred to a General Surgeon.
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PMID:  24511809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIMS: Pre-operative assessment (POA) is now commonplace and follows established protocols. This audit compares the cost-effectiveness of surgeon-directed (SD) POA compared to the standard practice of protocol-driven (PD) POA.
METHODS: One hundred and fifty-six NHS patients who were referred to a single surgeon during 2009 were allocated to one of three groups. Group 1: SDPOA required no investigations, whereas the PDPOA would have mandated only Methycillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening and urinalysis; Group 2: SDPOA required no pre-operative investigations, whereas the PDPOA would have required investigations to be performed; Group 3: SDPOA recommended selective investigations, PDPOA required additional tests. For each group the investigations requested and performed, their cost and whether the results affected patient care were recorded. There is no individual PDPOA group, but the cost of the extra tests was calculated where the PDPOA protocols were followed and therefore the cost differed between the SDPOA and PDPOA.
RESULTS: The total cost for all investigations for the 156 patients was pound 43,985. A potential cost saving of pound 9,694 (group 2) and pound 8,898 (group 3) was demonstrated. The total potential saving identified for all 3 groups was pound 18,592, which was 42% of the total cost of all the investigations. Patient care was not affected by these additional investigations.
CONCLUSIONS: There were no observed peri-operative complications during the study, implying that the additional pre-operative investigations were clinically unnecessary and identifying an additional cost saving of pound 18,592.
S D Woolley; L Walsh; A W Lambert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0035-9033     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Nav Med Serv     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-02-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503111     Medline TA:  J R Nav Med Serv     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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