1. Developed an automated and electronic booking form and process
An electronic booking form with compulsory fields was developed to ensure the completion of necessary and relevant information. This form is electronically sent to theatre staff who can enter the required information into the electronic theatre management system ensuring complete and accurate transfer.
Examples of necessary and relevant information include:
- reason for surgery
- other medical conditions to consider
- whether an interpreter is required
This form is then sent and captured in a list of bookings for theatre.
Electronic theatre booking form [click to view larger image]
2. Developed acute patient prioritisation
We also developed a standardised prioritisation tool to help ensure patients requiring surgery receive treatment when they need it
eg E0 (urgent needs) = within 15 minutes, E4 = within 4 hours, up to E24 (less urgent needs)= within 24 hours
For patients who require more specialist input (eg spine) or who’s clinical condition means that they are not fit for surgery (eg reduced swelling required for a fractured ankle) are categorised as ‘Acute Arranged’ patients and are scheduled for surgery after 24 hours.
Acute patient prioritisation tool built into electronic theatre booking form