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For Pediatric ACL Reconstruction, Surgical Centers Top Hospitals

Published: November 20, 2017

FOCUSED FACTORIES ASCs allow leaner staffs with fewer intraoperative changes to hone specific skills more efficiently.

When it comes to ACL reconstruction in pediatric patients, outpatient facilities are performing with more efficiency overall than their hospital-based counterparts, according to a study published in Orthopedics. Efficiency, the study says, means taking less time in the OR, using fewer members of staff and requiring fewer support-staff changes throughout the procedure.

ACL repairs in surgical centers beat hospital procedures by an average of 30 minutes, according to the study.

As far as staff members, the hospital used about 3 times the amount of hands on deck, and support-staff changes occurred 6 times as often among techs and 2.5 times as often among nurses.

Commenting on the study, orthopedic surgeon Shital N. Parikh, MD, reasons that the main factor behind the increased efficiency is "the availability of consistent, skilled and experienced specialty-specific teams." For orthopedic surgery in particular, Dr. Parikh observes that "higher volume, vastly different and numerous procedures and varied implant/instrument needs benefit from an orthopedic-specific team."

Joe Madsen

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