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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 5 O n the sur- face, the decision to stan- dardize your facility's mesh sup- plies is all about dollars and cents. After all, if you can switch from a couple dozen types of mesh to just two or three, surgeons will have fewer decisions to make and you can put togeth- er bigger orders with a single manufacturer who will reward you with a significant dis- count. Everybody wins, right? Not necessarily. Surgeon preference should always be a key component of any decision to standardize mesh supplies. And rightly so. Skilled physicians who perform scores of hernia repairs are very particu- lar about the mesh products they use. Surgeons with low recur- rence and complication rates who are used to using a specific type of mesh will be loath to change the material they use unless there's some compelling evidence that doing so will result in bet- ter outcomes. At the same time, cost is a huge consideration for facilities — The Right Way to Standardize Mesh Supplies Consolidate your stock based on surgeon preference, cost and positive outcomes. Mark Reiner, MD, FACS | New York, N.Y. • IN GOOD HANDS Standardizing your facility's mesh supply should start by putting together a committee consisting of the surgeons who do the most hernia repairs.

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