4 Statistics on Wasted OR Resources

The following are statistics on wasted operating room resources from Sandy Nettrour, neurosurgery and orthopedic service line coordinator for Butler (Pa.) Health System as reported in Medcity News.

  • Approximately 6.7 percent of elective outpatient surgeries are cancelled.
  • One-third of cancelled elective surgeries are cancelled due to "patient reasons."
  • Each minute in an OR costs $15 to $20, leading to an OR cost per hour between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on the procedure.
  • On average, a patient telephone call to an orthopedic nurse, assuming an $81,000 orthopedic nurse salary, costs between $15 and $20 in staff time.

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