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Table 2 Reasons for day of surgery cancellations

From: Day of surgery cancellation rate after preoperative telephone nurse screening or comprehensive optimization visit

Reasons for cancellation Overall Comprehensive preoperative assessment Nurse screening
  Number % Number % Number %
Inadequate investigation or optimization 14 0.1 3 0.05 1 0.03
New or changed medical condition 91 0.6 14 0.24 2 0.06
NPO guidelines not met 7 0.05 2 0.03 1 0.03
OR or equipment unavailable, schedule changes 25 0.2 3 0.05 2 0.06
Patient-initiated cancellation 20 0.1 1 0.02 3 0.09
Pt transportation/logistics breakdown 7 0.05 1 0.02 2 0.06
Surgeon unavailable 3 0.02 0 0.00 0 0.00
Surgery no longer needed 27 0.2 2 0.03 0 0.00
Financial issues 2 0.01 1 0.02 0 0.00
Unknown/not stated 17 0.1 4 0.07 2 0.06
Grand total 212 1.4 31 0.5 13 0. 4