Surgical Block Scheduling Controlled by a Machine: Reality or Science Fiction?
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Dear Editor, we recently read with great interest a paper by Zhao et al. published in your journal entitled “A Machine Learning Approach to Predicting Case Duration for Robot-Assisted Surgery” . It is an interesting study concerning the novel application of emerging technology; machine learning has been brilliantly used to predict case duration in robotic surgery.
As also pointed out by the Authors, proper management of the surgical unit assumes a significant role in optimizing resources . Accurate surgical scheduling is crucial as it limits the waste of resources when cases end prematurely, as well as the disorganization generated and the possible need for additional staff when prolongation occurs. For an optimal planning, collaboration between surgeons and anesthesiologists is essential, for example to estimate the duration of anesthetic induction and recovery time. At our center, both teams meet every week to discuss the planning for the following week. However, in our...
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Author Valentina Bellini declares that she has no conflict of interest.
Author Umberto Maestroni declares that he has no conflict of interest.
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