Surgical HDU admissions: utilisation, organ support and finance
© Brakmane and Molokhia; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Published: 17 March 2014
The aim was to explore the HDU booking process, organ support requirements and financial implications as the current approach to booking surgical cases for HDU has somewhat been based on a ‘just in case' principle.
The booking and admission details from October 2012 to July 2013 were gathered from the HDU log-book and Ward Watcher software. The cost of HDU beds and staff were provided by the finance department. Data were analysed using MS Excel and SPSS software.
The currently limited resource is not being utilised effectively with implications on both staff deployment and finances. A more holistic approach is needed where all requests are reviewed by a consultant anaesthetist in conjunction with preadmission data. This could better identify patients for HDU care and potentially decrease cancellations. We have developed an improved booking form for this purpose.
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