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Table 2 Day of surgery cancellations stratified by avoidable versus unavoidable causes

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

  Avoidable (n = 187or 71.6 %) Unavoidable (n = 74or 28.4 %)
Hospital Related
(n = 174 or 66.7 %)
▪ Incomplete surgical-work up (n = 4)
▪ Incomplete medical evaluation (n = 34)
▪ Staff miscommunication (n = 13)
▪ No financial clearance (n = 43)
▪ Admission papers not ready (n = 7)
▪ OR behind schedule (n = 23)
▪ Scheduling error (n = 5)
▪ Implants not available (n = 1)
▪ No bed available (n = 21)
▪ Equipment unavailable (n = 6)
▪ Patient not instructed appropriately to stop drinking water (n = 1)
▪ Change in treatment plan (n = 6)
▪ Emergency/life-saving case that occupied the OR (n = 3)
▪ Surgeon not available (n = 4)
▪ Surgeon was operating in another hospital (n = 1)
▪ Surgeon was travelling (n = 1)
▪ Surgeon sick (n = 1)
Patient Related
(n = 87 or 33.3 %)
▪ Patient did not show up for surgery (n = 29) ▪ Change in medical status (n = 31)
▪ Abnormal test (n = 5)
▪ Difficult unobtainable IV access (n = 1)
▪ Patient family refused surgery (n = 2)
▪ Patient postponed (n = 2)
▪ Patient left against medical advice (n = 1)
▪ Patient changed mind about surgery while in hospital (n = 7)
▪ Patient had a panic attack (n = 1)
▪ Patient refused surgery (n = 4)
▪ Preoperative instructions not followed properly (n = 4)
  1. n = 261