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Comfy ORs - June 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 9 J U N E 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E S urgeons and staff are more likely to look for ways to be cost-effective if they truly understand the costs involved in a given procedure. So show them. When we laid out all the consumables for a given procedure — and labeled each with its price — that got their attention. The fact is, surgeons tend to have favorite items, but their favorites aren't necessarily the most eco- nomical or the best items. Often there are other, less expensive items that work as well, if not better. With costs per case some- times running higher than reimbursements, it's important for them to realize that. Seeing it all in black and white helps motivate everybody to keep costs in mind and to cut down on both extras and waste. Marc Chudow, RN USF Morsani ASC DOLLAR SIGNS When sur- geons and staff see how expensive supplies can be, they tend to be more frugal. INFORMED CHOICES Show Them the Costs Marc Chudow, RN Tampa, Fla. mchudow1@health.usf.edu OSE_1406_part1_Layout 1 6/6/14 3:44 PM Page 19

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