Original Research

Reaching consensus on factors impacting optimal use of an orthopaedic emergency theatre in a public hospital

Mamiki Ramokopelwa, Mabitja Moeta
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 29 | a2348 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2348 | © 2024 Mamiki Ramokopelwa, Mabitja Moeta | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 January 2023 | Published: 15 March 2024

About the author(s)

Mamiki Ramokopelwa, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Mabitja Moeta, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Background: The operating theatre (OT) complex of hospitals represents areas of considerable expenditure with regard to costs and requires maximum use to ensure optimum cost benefit for both patients and the hospital. Inefficient use of an operating theatre room (OTR) may result in hospital wasteful expenditure and frustrations for patients owing to surgery delays, cancellations and prolonged hospitalisation while waiting.

Aim: The aim of the study was to explore and describe using a consensus method, factors impacting the use of an emergency orthopaedic theatre that can be optimised in a selected public hospital in Gauteng province.

Setting: The study was conducted by a professional nurse and orthopaedic surgeon working in the theatre of a selected public hospital in Gauteng province.

Method: A qualitative, explorative and descriptive design was adopted. Data were collected using a nominal group technique (NGT) among professional nurses and orthopaedic surgeons. Data analysis was done through cross-analysis where participants reached a consensus on the voted ideas from the group.

Results: Consensus was reached and three main themes emerged: (1) inadequate resources; (2) poor organisation and (3) communication.

Conclusion: The optimal use of an emergency orthopaedic theatre is influenced by the availability of resources being human and material, good organisation and clear communication.

Contribution: The study has demonstrated that a variety of factors needs to be considered to optimise the use of an orthopaedic emergency theatre. The management of an OT requires a concerted effort from the nurses and doctors.


Keywords

optimal use; orthopaedic emergency theatre; operating theatre; emergency; elective procedures.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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