The Financial Implications of a Single-Use Device Reprocessing Program at a Tertiary Referral Center Surgical Department

Katherine Englander, Kaitlyn Cox, Teagen Smith, Adbul Diab, Samer Ganam, Joseph Sujka, Christopher DuCoin

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Abstract

The operating room has been identified as one of the primary contributors to waste and energy expenditure in the health care system. The primary objective of our study was to evaluate the efficacy of single-use device reprocessing and report the cost savings, waste diversion, and reduction in carbon emissions. Data was collected from January 2021 to April 2023. Medline collected the data for analysis and converted it from an Excel file format to SPSS (Version 27) for analysis. Descriptive frequencies were used for data analysis. We found a mean monthly cost savings of $16,051.68 and a mean 700.68 pounds of waste a month diverted, resulting in an estimated yearly saving of $2354.29 in disposal costs and a reduction of 1112.65 CO2e emissions per month. This program has made significant contributions to cost savings and environmental efforts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Early online date1 Apr 2024
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • OR cost containment
  • general surgery
  • surgical education

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