Operating Rooms Can Waste Millions Per Year in Disposable Medical Supplies

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Waste generated in operating rooms is increasing the cost of care, and much of that waste comes in the form of unused or wasted supplies. One study from UCSF found that its neurosurgical department wasted an average of $968 of disposable medical supplies per procedure, amounting to $2.9 million in waste per year. They also found that roughly 13% of the total surgical cost of each procedure was spent on unused or wasted supplies. As a result, UCSF is taking steps to review physician practices, actively searching for ways to reduce waste and better utilize unused supplies.

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