An18-month collaboration between ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) in northeast Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has resulted in decreased day-of-surgery (DOS) cancellations by using a nurse-driven preoperative screening and assessment.

According to published results, the ASFs achieved a 9.7 percent reduction in their DOS cancellation rate, from 29.6 DOS cancellations per 1,000 completed procedures pre-intervention to 26.8 DOS cancellations per 1,000 completed procedures post-intervention.

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