Why shouldn't preoperative testing take place too close to the surgery?
Patients who screen positive at admission will not have sufficient time to complete necessary decolonisation regimens, causing last-minute cancellation of surgery slots. Cancellations on the day of surgery are a major issue in the UK NHS and other healthcare systems, with the costs in lost operating theatre time reaching £400 million annually. Moving towards a more digitised pre-operative assessment process such as offering remote MRSA screening and decolonisation therapy would improve operating theatre utilisation by increasing the theatre occupancy ratio. By identifying any red-flag patients who are at risk of their surgery being cancelled much sooner, hospitals can increase patient throughput and ensure that every operation stands the best possible chance of going ahead as scheduled.