Data collection in the perioperative setting is driven by the electronic health record. Beginning with the scheduling of a patient for surgery through discharge of the patient either to a hospital unit or home, data is collected in regards to time, cost, and operating room utilization. Data is collected for first surgical case on-time starts, surgical case turnover time, surgeon block utilization, same day case cancellation, case duration, and supply cost per case. Inefficient scheduling and operating room processes can have a negative impact on quality, patient safety, patient, surgeon and staff satisfaction, and lead to supply waste and lost revenue. Other types of data collected in the operating room relate to government regulatory compliance such as statistics on medication labeling for patient safety, antibiotic administration within one hour of surgical incision, intraoperative patient normothermia, and accuracy and timeliness of the “time-
APPLICATION OF STATISTICS IN HEALTH CARE 4 out” procedure. This data is presented to hospital stakeholders such as administrators and department of surgery committees to assess efficiency and seek out opportunities for improvement. The operating room is traditionally viewed as a source of revenue for the hospital and the reliance on quality statistics and analytics is imperative to define trends and strive for best practice initiatives for patient care. Statistics are used daily to plan for levels of appropriate staffing, equipment and operating room utilization, and costs associated with volumes. A clinical dashboard allows for real-time decision making based on trends throughout the day. Staffing volumes can be adjusted based on this data.
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