Target Times Are Inconsistent
The authors deserve thanks for their article because, by conducting a systematic evaluation, they give weight to a seemingly banal observation that could be made on a daily basis in our operating rooms. The question remains unanswered, however, who determines the target time and on the basis of which data/facts. In view of more than 70% of delayed starts to general surgical procedures, the automatic assumption might be that the target time is incorrect. In analyzing the causes, however, a lack of coordination of the times at which the staff involved start their working day may play a part, as may the lack of an example function in senior staff members. Prospectively, the question remains what we ultimately want to achieve with 14–20 minutes per operating room—always assuming that the target is met.
Dr. med. Hans-Georg Braun
Conflict of interest statement
The author declares that no conflict of interest exists.
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