Clinical Indicators

International Association for Ambulatory Surgery

Clinical Indicators for Ambulatory Surgery


The following Clinical Indicators have been derived from the Australian and French Clinical Indicators and approved by the General Assembly in Boston 2003

Indicator 1. Cancellation of booked procedures.


1.1 Failure to attend the day surgery centre/unit.

1.2 Cancellation of the booked procedure after arrival at the day surgery centre/unit.

Indicator 2. Unplanned return to the operation room on the same day.

Indicator 3. Unplanned overnight admission.


Indicator 4. Unplanned return of the patient to an ambulatory surgery unit or hospital.


Indicator 5. Unplanned readmission of the patient to an ambulatory surgery unit or hospital.

Additional clinical indicators considered inappropriate.