Reducing cost and waste in pediatric laparoscopic procedures

Keon Young Park, James I. Russell, Nathan P. Wilke, Nicholas A. Marka, Peter F. Nichol

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Background: In 2017 the healthcare cost in the United States accounted for 17.9% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Furthermore, healthcare facilities produce more than 4 billion pounds of waste annually. Interhospital and intersurgeon variabilities in surgical procedures are some of the drivers of high healthcare cost and waste. We sought to determine the effect of a monthly surgeon report card detailing the utilization and cost of disposable and reusable surgical supplies on cost and waste reduction for pediatric laparoscopic procedures. Methods: Starting in July 2017, surgeons were provided with an individual report with supply cost per case, high cost, and disposable supply utilization, and clinical outcomes. Cost, utilization, and clinical outcomes six quarters before and after the intervention were compared. Results: A total of 998 pediatric laparoscopic procedures were analyzed. We reduced the median supply cost per case by 43% after the intervention with total cost savings of $71,035 for the first four quarters. We also reduced the use of disposable trocars by 56% and the use of disposable harmonics and staplers by 33%. Conclusions: Using a periodic surgeon report card, we significantly reduced supply cost and utilization of disposable items for all pediatric laparoscopic procedures performed at the University of Wisconsin American Family Children's Hospital. Type of study: Cost effectiveness study. Level of evidence: Level III.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 5 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Child
  • Cost savings
  • Costs and cost analysis
  • Operating rooms/economics
  • Urban hospitals/economics


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