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Table 1 Frequency and percentage of day of surgery cancellations by categorical reasons

From: Causes of cancellations on the day of surgery at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital

Patient (n = 46 or 17.6 %)
 • Patient did not show up for surgery (n = 29)
 • Patient changed mind about surgery (n = 7)
 • Patient had a panic attack (n = 1)
 • Patient refused surgery (n = 4)
 • Patient’s family refused surgery (n = 2)
 • Patient left against medical advice (n = 1)
 • Patient Postponed (n = 2)
Resource/Facility (n = 52 or 19.9 %)
 • OR behind schedule (n = 23)
 • Equipment broken or not available (n = 6)
 • Implant(s) not available (n = 1)
 • Emergency/life-saving case prioritized (n = 3)
 • Scheduling error (n = 5)
 • Staff miscommunication (n = 13)
 • Pre-operative instruction not communicated properly to patient (n = 1)
Workup/Medical condition (n = 85 or 32.6 %)
 • Change in medical status (n = 31)
 • Incomplete Surgical-work up (n = 4)
 • Incomplete Medical evaluation (n = 34)
 • Abnormal test (n = 5)
 • Change in treatment plan (n = 6)
 • Difficult unobtainable IV access (n = 1)
 • Pre-operative instructions not followed properly (n = 4)
Surgeon (n = 7 or 2.7 %)
 • Surgeon not available (n = 4)
 • Surgeon sick (n = 1)
 • Surgeon was operating in another hospital (n = 1)
 • Surgeon was travelling (n = 1)
Admission (n = 50 or 19.2 %)
 • No Financial Clearance (n = 43)
 • Papers not ready (n = 7)
Bed (n = 21 or 8 %)
 • No private bed available (n = 3)
 • No government-contracted bed available (n = 17)
 • No cardiac surgery unit bed (n = 1)
  1. Total number of elective surgical cancellations (n = 261)