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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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PSALTIKIDIS, Eliane Molina; GRAZIANO, Kazuko Uchikawa  and  FREZATTI, Fábio. Cost analysis of reprocessing disposable forceps used in video-assisted surgery. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.4, pp.593-600. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study aimed to analyze the reprocessing costs of disposable forceps used in video-assisted surgery. The frequent reuse of these instruments is justified by their high cost. However, few studies have been carried out on this topic. The multiple case study method was applied in three hospitals in the State of São Paulo, using the observation and document analysis techniques. In case number one, the processing cost was R$ 9.37, R$ 6.59 for case number two and R$ 3.31 for case number three. The low cost observed should be analyzed with caution, since it was observed that quality-control plays a role in the final cost. When the quality-control measures are adopted, the reprocessing costs jumped to R$ 185.19 for case number one, R$ 595.82 for case number two and to R$ 363.10 for case number three.

Keywords : equipment reuse; costs and cost analysis; video-assisted surgery; sterilization.

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