The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Tromsø was established in January 1986 to provide neurosurgical treatment for the population of northern Norway. During the first ten years, 3,225 patients were operated on, including 1,157 craniotomies and 1,335 spinal procedures. The annual number of oerpations increased from 201 to 442, and the number of hospitalized patients from 265 to 908. The number of patients treated per employee increased by 250%, while the mean duration of hospital stay decreased by 43% to 4.5 days. The growth in activity is expected to continue. This is because of improved diagnostics of nervous system disease, a growing number of elderly patients and new treatment options. The falling number of spinal surgical procedures in local hospitals is also a contributing factor. Neurosurgery is highly cost-effective. It is impossible to make further cost savings without a decline in quality. The department must be expanded to cater for more operations by increasing both the number of beds and employees.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|