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Our handbooks provide practical advice and solutions when establishing day surgery pathways. The BADS Directory of Procedures lists recommended day case rates for over 200 operations and the BADS Directory of Procedures National Dataset shows national day surgery performance by procedure and potential gains by maximising this.

The BADS Handbooks

The British Association of Day Surgery handbooks provide practical advice on how to set up day surgery service, encompassing both generic and specialty specific information. They cover professional activities, including aspects of anaesthetic, surgical and nursing practice and organisational solutions relevant to implementing safe and efficient day surgery care.

Information for authors:
Please read the Contributors' Agreement which is also available in the Resources area of the BADS website.

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The BADS Directory of Procedures

This provides recommended day case rates for over 200 surgical procedures, arranged by specialty and defined using OPCS coding. It is up-dated every 3 three years. The rates quoted are arrived at by a combination of reported practice from leaders in their field, actual rates from Hospital Episode Statistics figures and expert opinion and most are achieved by one or more hospitals, although some are aspirational.

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The BADS Directory of Procedures National Dataset

This annual publication is produced in collaboration with Caspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems using their hospital benchmarking solution iCompare. It shows the day surgery performance of the top achieving 5%, 25% and 50% of hospitals for all the operations listed in the BADS Directory of Procedures, potential release of inpatient beds and from June 2021, cost savings achieved by maximising day case rates.

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