Single-use versus reusable laparoscopic surgical instruments : a comparative cost analysis.
Our purpose was to determine and compare the total annual costs for reusable and single-use laparoscopic surgical instruments.
Records were kept over a 12-month period of all laparoscopic operations (performed only with reusable instrumentation), the surgical instruments used, depreciation costs, and all associated expenses (repairs, maintenance, replacements, cleaning, sterilization, wages).
The total cost was then calculated and compared with the total cost (purchase price plus disposal fees) that single-use instruments would have caused for the same operations.
The total cost for single-use instruments would have been more than seven times that for reusable instruments.
We have decided to continue using reusable instrumentation for most of our laparoscopic operations.
However, single-use instruments are used in situations in which they present a definite advantage.
A proper balance is thus sought between the importance of cost factors, on the one hand, and the recognition of the need for the best instrument available for certain procedures, on the other.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Technique, Traitement, Homme, Etude comparative, Endoscopie, Chirurgie, Laparoscopie, Coût, Usage unique, Réutilisation
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Technique, Treatment, Human, Comparative study, Endoscopy, Surgery, Laparoscopy, Costs, Disposable, Reuse
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0096429
Code Inist : 002B25K. Création : 199608.