Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 2

Evaluation of Time Consumption and its Cost Effectiveness in Operating Theatre for Treatment of Pediatric Dental Patients Under General Anesthesia

Ateet Ashok Kakti1*, Abdulrahman Almohrij2, Sultan Alhebabi2, Talal Aljarrah2, Saud Alsiri2, Mohammed Alshahri2 and Abdurrahman Saffan3

1Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia
2Dental Interns, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia
3Clinical Director, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Ateet Kakti, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia.

Received: January 10, 2020; Published: January 11, 2020



Introduction: Operating theatres consume a substantial proportion of hospital resource in terms of capital, equipment, drugs and staffing. Whilst there is variation between hospitals as a result of specialty, case‐mix and internal financial arrangements, Ideally, hospitals should aim to use 90% of planned theatre time

Aim: To describe the use of operating room (OR) time for pediatric dental procedures performed under general anesthesia (GA) at Riyadh elm university over a 2-year period.

Materials and Method: Pediatric dental GA records of the normal pediatric dental patients and medically compromised patient for 2 years duration were performed at Riyadh elm university where pediatric dental treatment was done under GA. Demographic data, dental and anesthesia operator types, and procedures were recorded. Utilization of OR time was analyzed.

Results: When examining the median duration for each of the treatment groups, the operating time component accounted for the greatest proportion of the total time; there were statistically significant differences between the various case types, with times for restorative/extraction being greater than those for minor oral surgery and times for minor oral surgery being greater than those for extraction. When comparing the overall treatment time, there was a statistically significant difference between the mixed restorative/extraction cases, and both the extraction and minor oral surgery cases. There was, however, no statistically significant difference between extraction and minor oral surgery cases.

Conclusion: Knowledge of theatre time usage should allow optimal utilization of operating time. Since ours is a dental university, we did not face difficulties in listing patients while it may not be the case in a general hospital setup where multiple case may have to be managed effectively.

Keywords: Anesthesia; Operating Theatre; Pediatric Dental



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Citation: Ateet Ashok Kakti., et al. “Evaluation of Time Consumption and its Cost Effectiveness in Operating Theatre for Treatment of Pediatric Dental Patients Under General Anesthesia”.Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.2 (2020): 56-59.

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