AB188. 166. The implementation of a protected emergency theatre pathway for acute urological admissions
General Poster Session

AB188. 166. The implementation of a protected emergency theatre pathway for acute urological admissions

Mohammed Hegazy1, Steven Anderson1, Frank D’Arcy1, Garrett Durkan1, Eamonn Rogers1, Patrick O’Malley1, Syed Jaffry1, Nadeem Nusrat1, Raymond McLaughlin2, Kevin Clarkson3, Kilian Walsh1, Catherine Dowling1

1Department of Urology, 2Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery, 3Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland


Background: The Saolta University Healthcare Group consists of seven hospitals covering a population of approximately 709,000. Galway University Hospital is the only tertiary referral centre for acute urological emergencies within the group. Previously, there was no dedicated emergency surgery pathway for urological cases and these were added to a congested, shared emergency list. Research has demonstrated that an increased time to definitive surgical intervention for urinary tract calculi leads to increased mortality. Problem areas were identified in the emergency surgical pathway and a multidisciplinary team was established to identify solutions. Recommendations included the utilisation of a dedicated algorithm to improve governance and prioritization of emergency cases, creating extra emergency theatre capacity, and the development of dedicated specialty-specific emergency pathways.

Methods: Data was prospectively collected for 30 days prior to and after the implementation of the recommended changes (‘Kaizen Project’). Emergency theatre waiting times and length of hospital stay were the primary end points.

Results: Mean waiting time on the emergency list decreased from 55.8 to 13.2 hours. The saving of 42.6 hours per case translates to 852 bed days saved per annum. Mean length of stay also reduced from 5.2 to 2.8 days.

Conclusions: The implementation of protected, specialty-specific acute surgical pathways has streamlined the turnover of acute urological cases. It has had a positive impact on the waiting time for emergency theatre and hospital stay for patients. The implementation of day of surgery transfers from referring institutions and ring-fenced emergency surgical beds are the next frontier in further streamlining the emergency theatre pathway.

Keywords: Audit; quality improvement; emergency theatre


doi: 10.21037/map.2018.AB188


Cite this abstract as: Hegazy M, Anderson S, D’Arcy F, Durkan G, Rogers E, O’Malley P, Jaffry S, Nusrat N, McLaughlin R, Clarkson K, Walsh K, Dowling C. The implementation of a protected emergency theatre pathway for acute urological admissions. Mesentery Peritoneum 2018;2:AB188. doi: 10.21037/map.2018.AB188