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Operating Theatres: Organization, Costs and Audit

  • M. Klimek
  • M. Van Houdenhoven
  • T. Ottens
Conference paper

Abstract

The operating room (OR) is the heart of the hospital. Most patients have some contact with the OR, the most expensive devices are used in the OR, the greatest amount of manpower concentrated on one patient can be found in the OR, the most money is earned — and lost — in the OR. Therefore, all ideas about OR organization have an impact on costs and — as a secondary endpoint — on the quality of care and vice versa. Therefore, this chapter deals with three aspects of OR management: organization, costs and audit.

Keywords

Emergency Procedure Surgical Discipline Anaesthesia Department Expensive Device Room Management 
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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Klimek
    • 1
  • M. Van Houdenhoven
    • 2
  • T. Ottens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiologyErasmus University Medical CentreRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Beatrix-HospitalGorinchemThe Netherlands

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