One-day surgery in a series of 150 breast cancer patients: efficacy and cost-benefit analysis.
ABSTRACT Financing health-care expenditure has become increasingly more difficult. Considering the high frequency of breast cancer, which affects one million women in the world each year, the reductions of medical expenditure for the treatment of this disease is highly desirable within the limits of medical efficiency and safety. One hundred and fifty patients with carcinoma of the breast underwent surgery in our department with one-day hospitalization. Patients were discharged with the drainage tube still in place and later treated in the out-patient setting, for dressing and checking the wound, and removing the stitches and drainage tube. Four cases of seroma were registered, all resolved by aspiration of the fluid in a single visit, 1 case of haematoma and 1 case of infection. Patients who underwent this short-stay treatment were amply satisfied. Our experience demonstrates that this type of treatment is both safe and effective. Moreover, it provides considerable benefits in terms of national health-care costs as well as being psychologically better for the patients.
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ABSTRACT: Objective To analyze medical practice variation in breast cancer surgery (either inpatient-based or day-case surgery), by comparing conservative surgery (CS) plus radiotherapy vs. non-conservative surgery (NCS). We also analyzed the opportunity costs associated with CS and NCS. Methods We performed an observational study of age- and sex-standardized rates of CS and NCS, performed in 199 Spanish healthcare areas in 2008-2009. Costs were calculated by using two techniques: indirectly, by using All-Patients Diagnosis Related Groups (AP-DRG) based on hospital admissions, and directly by using full costing from the Spanish Network of Hospital Costs (SNHC) data. Results Standardized surgery rates for CS and NCS were 6.84 and 4.35 per 10,000 women, with variation across areas ranging from 2.95 to 3.11 per 10,000 inhabitants. In 2009, 9% of CS was performed as day-case surgery, although a third of the health care areas did not perform this type of surgery. Taking the SNHC as a reference, the cost of CS was estimated at 7,078 € and that of NCS was 6,161 €. Using AP-DRG, costs amounted to 9,036 € and 8,526 €, respectively. However, CS had lower opportunity costs than NCS when day-case surgery was performed frequently–more than 46% of cases (following SNHC estimates) or 23% of cases (following AP-DRG estimates). Conclusions Day-case CS for breast cancer was found to be the best option in terms of opportunity-costs beyond a specific threshold, when both CS and NCS are elective.Gaceta Sanitaria 05/2014; · 1.25 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Con il termine day-surgery s'intende la possibilità clini-ca, organizzativa ed amministrativa di effettuare interventi chi-r u rgici o procedure diagnostiche e/o terapeutiche invasive e semiinvasive in regime di ricovero limitato alle sole ore del giorno, in anestesia locale, loco-regionale o generale (1) . Scopo del nostro lavoro è di valutare l'attività di day-surgery integrata nel nostro reparto di chirurgia generale. Parole chiavi: day surgery SUMMARY By attending a day surgery unit, patients are able to have an operations, in general or local anaesthesia, or minimally invasive diagnostic procedure, without the need for an overni -ght stay in Hospital. Aim of this study is to describe advantages and disvantanges of this approach by autor's experience.
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ABSTRACT: Late cancellations of scheduled elective surgery limit the ability of the surgical care service to achieve its goals. Attributes of these cancellations differ between hospitals and regions. The rate of late cancellations of elective surgery conducted in Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar was found to be 13.14% which is similar to rates reported in hospitals elsewhere in the world; although elective surgery is performed six days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm in our hospital. Simple and systematic analysis of these attributes typically provides limited solutions to the cancellation problem. Alternatively, the application of the theory of constraints with its five focusing steps, which analyze the system in its totality, is more likely to provide a better solution to the cancellation problem. To find the constraint, as a first focusing step, we carried out a retrospective and descriptive study using a quantitative approach combined with the Pareto Principle to find the main causes of cancellations, followed by a qualitative approach to find the main and ultimate underlying cause which pointed to the bed crisis. The remaining four focusing steps provided workable and effective solutions to reduce the cancellation rate of elective surgery.Qatar Medical Journal 06/2014; 2014(1):1-11.