Around five million operations a year take place in theatres in England and Wales, and it is the single most expensive area in an Acute Trust’s budget.
A small improvement in efficiency means a huge difference in the Trust’s bottom line.
Fifteen years ago, the Audit Commission visited 70 trusts, analysed what they found, and published a detailed report. It highlighted the common problems encountered by operating theatre managers, and provided examples of good practice to illustrate how some trusts have overcome them. Critically, it defined a set of hugely complicated calculations that boil down to just three Key Performance Indicators that tell theatre managers and clinical directors just how well they theatre suits are performing.
More recently, Redwing was tasked by Queen Elizabeth Hospital to make Theatres perform better. We were give the twin objectives of saving money and improving patient care.
We studied the problem intensely. We actually embedded with the theatre clinical staff, and worked alongside theatre nurses. We wore scrubs and observed in a variety of theatre settings for a month. We did the same shifts they did, took the same breaks with them, we listened to the clinical staff and we understood their needs.
We did the research. We looked at best practice worldwide. We took all of this analysis and created Oriole – Operating Room Intelligence.
It fully implements all of the Audit Commission’s calculations. They’ve been subject to deep validation. They work to produce simple and easy to use KPIs. And they work automatically month in, month out. Theatre managers and Trust executives always Know How We’re Doing.
A 3% improvement in theatre suite efficiency typically works out to saving at least £500,000 per year. Not only that, the ability to understand patient history meant that patient care is improved. Here’s one example: simply by knowing that the hospital had cancelled surgery for a patient on a previous occasion, then that patient could be prioritised (to avoid re-cancellation) should a list need curtailing on a future occasion.
Oriole helps Trusts make theatres work better.
Oriole is available today
to all organisations, via the goverment G-Cloud
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