Cost-effectiveness of routine radiographs after emergent open cavity operations.

@article{Dossett2008CosteffectivenessOR,
  title={Cost-effectiveness of routine radiographs after emergent open cavity operations.},
  author={Lesly Dossett and Robert S. Dittus and Theodore Speroff and Addison K. May and Bryan A. Cotton},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={144 2},
  pages={
          317-21
        }
}
BACKGROUND Emergency surgery increases the risk of a retained surgical sponge (RSS) by 9-fold. In most cases, surgical counts are falsely reported as correct. We hypothesized that the institutional costs resulting from a RSS would make routine intraoperative radiography (IOR) more cost-effective than surgical counts in preventing RSS after emergent open cavity cases. METHODS A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed to compare routine IOR with surgical counts after emergent open cavity… CONTINUE READING

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