Cataract surgery waiting time for day care operation theatre in University of Malaya Medical Centre

Badaruddin, A. and Khaliddin, Nurliza and Ramli, N. and Choo, May May (2022) Cataract surgery waiting time for day care operation theatre in University of Malaya Medical Centre. Journal of Health and Translational Medicine, 25 (1). 68 -71.

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Objective: To ascertain if the current standard for cataract surgery waiting time of 12 weeks or less in the UMMC Day Care Operation Theatre (OT) is > 80 met; and to identify the causes and possible measures to be taken if the standard is not met. Design: Retrospective analysis of patients’ medical records. Methods: The medical records of all patients who underwent cataract surgery in the Day Care OT between 1st October to 31st December 2017 were analysed. Results: A total of 230 patients underwent the surgery and from these, 219 patients were included. Only 63 of patients had a waiting time less than 12 weeks while 81.7 waited less than 16 weeks for the surgery. The common reasons found for the long waiting time were limited OT slots for cataract operations (71.6), blepharitis (6.2), uncontrolled co-morbidities (5), patient requests (4.9), financial problems, heart and lungs problems (1.2 each). Conclusion: Out of 219 patients included in this audit, 63 underwent cataract surgery at our centre within 3 months. Of those who waited more than 3 months, 72 were due to limited OT slots. Further interventions should be carried out to improve the surgery waiting time and hence increase the quality of health services in the country. © 2022, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Article; Blepharitis; Cataract extraction; Clinical audit; Comorbidity; Day care; Endophthalmitis; Financial deficit; Glucose blood level; Health care quality; Health service; Heart disease; Human; Hypertension; Major clinical study; Malaysia; Medical record; Retrospective study; University Hospital
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Ophthalmology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 04:47
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 04:47

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