Blackrock Clinic opens new Day Surgery Unit
3rd Jul 2010
According to the World Health Organisation, day surgery is now practiced widely worldwide both in public and private healthcare offering a high quality safe and cost effective approach for elective procedures and enjoying a high rate of patient satisfaction. The benefits of day surgery over inpatient surgery are significant for health providers as it frees up hosptial bed capacity for acute cases thereby eliminating long waiting lists. Patients overwhelmingly endorse day surgery as it offers a lower risk of cancellation of their procedure, an earlier return to normal activities and less disruption to their lives. Furthermore, it significantly reduces the risk of hospital-related infections.
In the US up to 80% of all elective operative procedures are now carried out at day surgery facilities and in the UK the NHS is currently predicting that nearly all of the 25 selected elective surgery operations will be carried out as day cases in the near future. In contrast, just 55% of all elective surgery in Ireland is performed in a day care setting. Findings of an independent review on acute bed capacity carried out by PA consulting on behalf of the HSE published in 2008, concluded that patients could be better served with less public patients beds than currently exist, if all irish hospitals implemented practices and processes which operate as the norm around the world. For example countries such as Australia, UK, Finland, Denmark and Canada could treat the same number of patients as Ireland treats today with between 2,000 and 5,000 less public patient beds.
According to the HSE, increasing day care surgery is a key element of its strategy in delivering an integrated health system where the majority of care is provided through community-based facilities and apropriate day case procedures enabling acute hospitals to concentrate on providing specialist and complex care. The HSE national service plan for 2010 aims to grow the percentage of day case surgery for suitable procedures from the current figure of 55%to 75%.