Unplanned Returns to Operating Theatre
Hurstville Private Unplanned Returns
Hurstville Private's doctors undertake surgery in many specialty areas, which range from minor procedures to more complex surgery requiring specialised care. We monitor our patient outcomes by comparing any unplanned returns to the operating theatre to other Australian hospitals nationally. The aim is to reduce returns to the operating theatre where possible; however there are many factors which influence this, and in some cases it is necessary to have further surgery to save a life.
Unplanned returns to the operating theatre are frequently due to complications, for example to treat bleeding or other problems occurring early after the operation. Some complications following complex surgery are to be expected due to patients’ pre-existing diseases or conditions and the nature of the disease or condition being treated. Unplanned returns to the operating theatre are reported and clinical outcomes analysed. Recommendations are actioned and monitored to ensure improvements are made where possible.
The graph below shows the number of patients who had a surgical procedure or operation and required an unplanned return for further surgery during the same admission. Hurstville Private's rate is lower (better) than the industry benchmark.