Report 25

Operating Theatre Efficiency

Recommendations

1. To better understand operating theatre performance and improve efficiency within public hospitals, Health should, by December 2016:

a) establish an effective monitoring and reporting framework that includes performance measures and targets, and provide guidance to hospitals to ensure consistent data collection and analysis

b) require all hospitals to ensure that operating theatre managers and key staff have the appropriate skills and allocated time to collect and audit operating theatre data to make it useful for analysis

c) update the Theatre Management System to improve functionality and develop a plan for improving the capability of the current data reporting system to analyse data and generate reports.

2. To provide direction and guidance on how hospitals can improve operating theatre efficiency, Health should, by March 2016:

a) require hospitals to complete regular reviews of operating theatre schedules using performance data

b) share guidance and information on strategies that have improved operating theatre performance at WA public hospitals.

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