Intraoperative Waste in Spine Surgery: Incidence, Cost, and Effectiveness of an Educational Program.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Soroceanu A, Canacari E, Brown E, Robinson A, McGuire KJ.

Spine.  2011; 36: E1270-1273.

PMID: 21738100

This prospective study measured the economic impact of intraoperative waste before and after an awareness-raising program.  The program reduced waste from 4.3% of the total operative spine budget to 1.2%.  This paper shows how surgeons could save an estimated $126 million annually at the national level.


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