The healthcare industry is one of the most expensive sectors in the United States where the federal government, regional governments, and individuals are using a lot of money. It is listed as one of the most expensive industries in the country where money is spent. Prescription drugs, medical equipment, and facilities are consuming massive amounts making it too costly for the country to bear. Surgical tools are some of the equipment that is consuming much money. However, various tools and strategies can be adapted to minimize expenses in the surgical department. Some strategies and tools about cost minimization have been explained below.
- Surgical Lights
One of the most critical aspects when conducting surgical operations is a lighting system. Surgeons need to see the various parts of the body where they are operating. This prevents any chances where the physician can injure a patient due to lack of the necessary lights. Electricity has for an extended period been used to provide light in the surgical rooms. However, the bills accumulate to the point where it is difficult for organizations to handle.
The best alternative that organizations can turn to is using surgical lights. These are specifically designed to be used during surgeries. Besides using less energy compared to the standard electrical lights, portable surgical lights can be focused on a particular area such as a vein or tissue with precise accuracy and precaution.
- Magnetic Catheter Detector
A catheter is one of the most used surgical tools. It is used in removing or adding fluids in the body before surgery. However, a physician has to detect the position of this surgical equipment before going for surgery. Traditionally, X-rays have been used to detect the position of this tool. It is expensive to run an X-ray machine every time a physician wants to find the location of this tool. The alternative method of determining the position of the catheter was the use of Magnetic Imaging Resonance (MRI), which is expensive to maintain.
However, advanced technology has seen the invention of a magnetic catheter detector that is used in detecting the head of the catheter without using X-ray or MRI equipment. A magnetic catheter detector is a cheap technology that uses magnetic fields to find out whether the catheter is. However, the head of the catheter has to be fitted with a magnet so that the two can connect.
- Re-using Surgical Tools
Instead of developing crowdfunding websites to raise money with the aim of buying surgical tools and equipment, surgical departments can go ahead and decide to re-use some of the tools instead of disposing of them for new ones. It is the tradition of all hospitals to dispose of all medical devices and equipment after using them. This does not only increase the expenses incurred in buying new tools and equipment but also increases medical waste.
Surgical departments can consider minimizing the cost of purchasing new tools and equipment or increasing medical waste by considering to re-use some of the tools used. For example, scissors and surgery knives can be sterilized and disinfected for additional uses. Some of these tools can be used in other areas such as cutting bandages and plasters. Cleaning and disinfecting these tools are easily affordable as compared to buying new ones.
- Minimally Invasive Procedure
According to various research studies, a significant number of surgeries done in the United States are complex surgeries that use state of the art tools and equipment while at the same time consuming much of the resources in the surgical department. Some researchers have recorded that some individuals who undergo such surgeries don’t actually need them, which amounts to a waste of resources and surgery rooms.
However, the minimally invasive surgical procedure is a surgical operation method that can be adopted with the aim of minimizing expenses in the surgical department. This type of surgery uses small needles and other surgical cutting knives to operate individuals. Therefore, a surgery department does not need to buy complex surgical tools and equipment, which are very expensive. This procedure uses an endoscope to view the body tissues inside the body before going on with the operation. The minimally invasive procedure provides a win-win situation where organizations don’t use many resources in the surgical department while patients don’t have to undergo painful procedures.
We live in a time of great advances in the medical industry. These advances help us to live longer, healthier lives. However, time and energy have to be spent on keeping the costs of these services to what we all can afford.