Economic analysis of an intraoperative cell salvage service.


Journal Article

UNLABELLED:In the United States, the cost of erythrocyte transfusion exceeds 1.3 billion dollars annually. The fear of viral disease transmission popularized intraoperative salvage to reduce the use of banked blood. Although the economics of this technique have been questioned, the financial variables in providing an intraoperative autotransfusion service have not been analyzed. We designed mathematical models to determine the most cost-effective strategy based on hospital caseload. Four models were analyzed with a spreadsheet to project costs of an intraoperative autotransfusion service when fully or partially outsourced, performed by a full-time technician employee, or performed by a cross-trained employee. The Partially Outsourced model was more economical than the Fully Outsourced model when the annual caseload exceeded 185 cases. The New Employee model became more economical than the Fully Outsourced model when the annual caseload exceeded 110 cases. The Cross-Trained model was the most economical when annual caseload exceeded 55 cases. IMPLICATIONS:Cross-training an employee as a cell salvage technician is more economical than outsourcing when caseload exceeds 55 per year.

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Cited Authors

  • Szpisjak, DF; Potter, PS; Capehart, BP

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 201 - 205

PubMed ID

  • 14693619

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14693619

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-7598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-2999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/01.ane.0000093231.53663.dd


  • eng