Why are thoracic operations postponed?
AuteurTagarakis, G. I.; Voucharas, C.; Simopoulos, V.; Karangelis, D.; Daskalopoulos, M. E.; Parisis, C.; Tsantilas, A.; Sataitidis, I.; Lampoura, S.; Vretzakis, G.; Tsilimingas, N. B.
Aim: To investigate and present the reasons that cause the postponement of thoracic surgical operations. Methods: We retrospectively included in the study all patients submitted to elective thoracic surgery in our department during the 4-year period 2007-2010 and noted all cases of postponement after official inclusion in the operating schedule. Results: 81 out of a total of 542 patients (14.9%) scheduled for elective thoracic operation had their procedure postponed. The reasons were mainly organisatory (in 42 cases, 51.85%), which in order of significance were: shortage in matching erythrocyte units, shortage in anaesthetic/nursing staff and unavailability in operating rooms. The rest of the cases (39, 48.1%) were postponed due to medical reasons, which in descending order of significance were: respiratory infections and exacerbations of COPD, cardiological problems, misregulation of antiplatelet/antithrombotic drugs and infections from other systems (gastrointestinal, urinary, etc.). Elderly male patients planned for major/oncologic surgery were most possible to have their operation postponed for medical reasons. Discussion-Conclusions: Thoracic operations are postponed owed to organisatory as well as medical reasons, the latter mainly affecting elderly, morbid patients awaiting for major/oncologic surgery.