Transparency to reduce surgical implant waste

Kiel J. Pfefferle, Matthew Dilisio, Brianna Patti, Stephen D. Fening, Jeffrey T. Junko

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Background: Rising health care costs and emphasis on value have placed the onus of reducing healthcare costs on the surgeon. Methods: Financial data from 3,973 hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasties performed at a physician owned orthopedic hospital was retrospectively reviewed over a two-year period. A wasted implant financial report was posted starting the second year of the study. Each surgeon’s performance could be identified by his peers. Results: After posting of the financial report, 1.11% of all hip and knee arthroplasty cases had a waste event compared to 1.50% during the control year. Shoulder arthroplasty waste events occurred twice as often than that observed in hip and knee arthroplasty during the study period. A decrease in waste events was observed but was not statistically significant (p = 0.30). Conclusions: Posting a non-blinded wasted implant data sheet was associated with a reduction in the number of wasted orthopedic surgical implants in this series, although the reduction was not statistically significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalClinics in Orthopedic Surgery
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Knee Replacement Arthroplasties
Hip
Health Care Costs
Orthopedics
Arthroplasty
Physicians
Surgeons

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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Pfefferle, K. J., Dilisio, M., Patti, B., Fening, S. D., & Junko, J. T. (2015). Transparency to reduce surgical implant waste. Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, 7(2), 207-210. https://doi.org/10.4055/cios.2015.7.2.207

Transparency to reduce surgical implant waste. / Pfefferle, Kiel J.; Dilisio, Matthew; Patti, Brianna; Fening, Stephen D.; Junko, Jeffrey T.

In: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2015, p. 207-210.

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Pfefferle, KJ, Dilisio, M, Patti, B, Fening, SD & Junko, JT 2015, 'Transparency to reduce surgical implant waste', Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 207-210. https://doi.org/10.4055/cios.2015.7.2.207
Pfefferle, Kiel J. ; Dilisio, Matthew ; Patti, Brianna ; Fening, Stephen D. ; Junko, Jeffrey T. / Transparency to reduce surgical implant waste. In: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 207-210.
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