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Table 1 Frequency and percentage of day of surgery cancellations by categorical reasons

From: Causes of cancellations on the day of surgery at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital

Patient (n = 46 or 17.6 %)  • Patient did not show up for surgery (n = 29)  • Patient changed mind about surgery (n = 7)  • Patient had a panic attack (n = 1)  • Patient refused surgery (n = 4)  • Patient’s family refused surgery (n = 2)  • Patient left against medical advice (n = 1)  • Patient Postponed (n = 2) Resource/Facility (n = 52 or 19.9 %)  • OR behind schedule (n = 23)  • Equipment broken or not available (n = 6)  • Implant(s) not available (n = 1)  • Emergency/life-saving case prioritized (n = 3)  • Scheduling error (n = 5)  • Staff miscommunication (n = 13)  • Pre-operative instruction not communicated properly to patient (n = 1)
Workup/Medical condition (n = 85 or 32.6 %)  • Change in medical status (n = 31)  • Incomplete Surgical-work up (n = 4)  • Incomplete Medical evaluation (n = 34)  • Abnormal test (n = 5)  • Change in treatment plan (n = 6)  • Difficult unobtainable IV access (n = 1)  • Pre-operative instructions not followed properly (n = 4) Surgeon (n = 7 or 2.7 %)  • Surgeon not available (n = 4)  • Surgeon sick (n = 1)  • Surgeon was operating in another hospital (n = 1)  • Surgeon was travelling (n = 1)
Admission (n = 50 or 19.2 %)  • No Financial Clearance (n = 43)  • Papers not ready (n = 7) Bed (n = 21 or 8 %)  • No private bed available (n = 3)  • No government-contracted bed available (n = 17)  • No cardiac surgery unit bed (n = 1)
  1. Total number of elective surgical cancellations (n = 261)