Study: Chlorhexidine Before Surgery Can Save $3B Annually
Adding a preoperative chlorhexidine cloth preparation protocol for total knee arthroplasty can save up to $3.18 billion annually, according to a study in The Journal of Arthroplasty.
Researchers studied reports from the National Healthcare Safety Network and previously published reports to establish a range of surgical site infection rates after knee surgery and the cost per revision procedure. Using chlorhexidine at the authors' institution generated a net savings of approximately $2.1 million per 1,000 total knee arthroplasty patients, with annual healthcare savings ranging from $0.78 billion to $3.18 billion.
The cost savings was primarily due to decreased SSI rates, according to the study.
More Articles on SSIs:
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
- The Future of ACOs for Anesthesiologists
- Healthcare Exchange Traded Funds See Biggest Boom in Years
- FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Off-Label Use Information Dissemination
- Surgical Care Affiliates President & CEO Andrew Hayek Among 2014 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellows
- A Look at ASC Valuation Through the Eyes of M&D Companies