PatientIQ Study

Reducing Intraoperative Costs for Laparoscopic Appendectomy

February 28, 2019

Cost Effectiveness Research

PatientIQ Analytics Autopilot

Project Overview

Surgeon instrument choices are influenced by training, previous experience, and established preferences. This causes variability in the cost of common operations, such as laparoscopic appendectomy.

Project Details

In this study the authors demonstrate that operative instrument costs for laparoscopic appendectomy can be significantly reduced by informing the surgeons of their operating room costs compared with their peers and providing a low-cost standardized instrument tray. Importantly, this can be realized without any incentive or punitive measures and does not negatively impact outcomes. Additional work is needed to expand these results to more operations, hospital systems, and training programs.

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