• Muhammed Usman Baig

Why the GCC Needs Ambulatory Surgery Centres

The Global health care industry is going through continuous change. The different stakeholders in the industry such as healthcare providers, government and others are striving to deliver effective, efficient and equitable care.

Day surgery is one of the innovative approaches adopted by the health care providers to the delivery of surgical care. As defined by International Association of Ambulatory Services, day surgery is a procedure or surgery where the patient is discharged on the same working day and does not require an overnight hospital stay after the surgery. The purpose of day surgery is to keep hospital costs down, as well as saving the patient time that would otherwise be wasted in the hospital.

These day surgeries are usually conducted in separate facilities known as ambulatory surgery centres (ASCs). ASCs are facilities designed to offer patients the ease of having surgeries and procedures performed in an efficient way as surgeries conducted in hospitals. Since their commencement, ASCs have proven an extraordinary ability to increase quality and customer service while reducing the cost of the procedures. At a time when most developments in health care services and technology typically come with a higher price tag, ASCs stand out as an exception to the rule.

So what kind of surgeries can be performed as in Ambulatory surgery centres? There are many applications including but not limited to:

  • Opthalmology

  • Urology

  • Ear, nose and throat

  • Orthopedic

  • Pain management

Day surgeries have several favorable impacts as below:

Medical Impact

•The quality of day surgery procedure is similar to the inpatient surgical procedure

•Safety is improved as sicker patients are separated from one day patients

•Post –operative complications are generally minor as compared to inpatient surgeries

Social Impact

•Least amount disruption to day to day life as the patient returns home the same day as the surgery is performed

•Separation time is shortened from family members

•Shorter hospital stays allow the possibility of an increased throughput of patients, which thereby reduces waiting list.

Economic Impact

•Enhances the efficient use of health resources

•Less costly as compared to inpatient surgery due to the shorter hospital stay

• No emergency cases which enables fixed scheduling and more efficient utilization of facilities

• Less staff requirement as compared to normal hospitals

At Falak, we have studied this upcoming health care sector to a great degree, and have put this together in our insight on day surgery here.

If this interests you, then do give it a read and get in touch with us for more information.



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