Table 6

Causes in delay to surgery of over 36 hours

CauseN (%)
Lack of resources*640 (59)
Medically unfit200 (18)
Awaiting investigations157 (15)
Deranged coagulation57 (5)
Other28 (3)
  • *‘Lack of resources’ is a broad coding category that can include: a delay due to a caseload with a higher NCEPOD classification,21 theatre staff availability and unexpected theatre delays such as prolonged operating time.