FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BONE GRAFTS AND THEIR ANSWERS
19 Mar 2019
Men with plastered hand on white backgroundEven the most common medical procedures require specialized equipment. While this demand is beneficial for the U.S. medical device industry, which employs over 356,000 people at 5,800 companies, it also means that workers in the industry and related fields need to have a solid knowledge of what the equipment does. For something like a bone graft delivery system, employees may need some background on the surgical procedure itself. Learn all about bone grafts and why an efficient delivery system can make all the difference.
WHAT IS A BONE GRAFT?
A bone graft is a method of surgically repairing bones almost anywhere in the body. A surgeon uses transplanted bone to rebuild or repair bones that are damaged or diseased. Often, the surgeon will take bone from the patient’s hips, ribs, or legs to perform the bone graft. In other instances, the surgeon will use donated bone tissue or artificial material to perform the graft.
WHO WOULD NEED A BONE GRAFT
Bone grafts are most often needed to heal bone fractures. A doctor may recommend that a patient get a graft if they believe that a fracture won’t heal well or if a previous fracture that was not treated with a graft hasn’t healed well on its own. Surgeons also use bone grafts in spinal fusion surgery, treatment of bone diseases, and to help promote bone growth around a joint replacement’s surgically implanted device.
WHY IS EFFICIENT BONE GRAFT DELIVERY IMPORTANT?
In any of the above instances, the cells of the new bone seal themselves to the ones of the old bone, allowing the body to heal. When a surgeon uses synthetic substitutes for a bone graft, they will often turn to substances that have a similar structure to human bones, such as calcium sulfate, bioactive glasses, or tricalcium phosphate ceramics, to promote similar healing. The amount of bone substitute a surgeon uses depends on the type of substitute and the injury itself. To properly measure it, the surgeon needs a top-of-the-line bone graft delivery device. The right device can simplify the entire process while ensuring that the patient will heal correctly.
Knowing the ins and outs of bone graft surgery is essential in being an informed member of the medical device industry. To learn more about one of the most efficient systems for graft delivery, contact SurGenTec today.
HOW CAN I MAXIMIZE MY HOSPITAL’S PROFITABILITY?
06 Mar 2019
Much like other businesses, U.S. hospitals have faced economic challenges over the course of the last decade. While recovering from the recession and increases in uninsured care, many hospitals have searched for ways to increase their profitability.
Whether your surgery center is dealing with its own financial setbacks or you’re looking to step up your financial game, there are a few best practices industry experts recommend to increase revenue and reimbursement. Here are four practices that can maximize your own profitability:
- Make sure your physicians are efficiently using the OR. Every hospital benefits from efficiency in their operating rooms. But it’s important to remember that even an OR that isn’t busy is still being used as efficiently as possible. Review block times and utilization. The physicians that are assigned more time than they’re using are negatively impacting your profitability.
- Invest in bone grafting technology. Surgical devices are becoming increasingly popular. Technological advancements in AI and robot-assisted surgery has driven down procedure prices and increased efficiency. But these devices aren’t always massive or complicated. Bone grafting technology such as a graft gun can make bone graft surgery that much more efficient to maximize profitability.
- Manage your vendors and reduce supply costs. You can reduce your supply costs by working directly with vendors to improve contracts. Don’t shy away from asking your vendor for a discount. You can also reduce costs by lowering the number of vendors you’re using. Aim for approximately four to six vendors.
- Use data to drive staffing decisions. Labor is a major expense for most businesses, but especially for hospitals. It’s crucial that your hospital isn’t understaffed or overstaffed. Monitor your hospital’s efficiency by reviewing benchmarking data such as hours worked per case. Some facilities monitor their patient volume on a daily basis or even every eight hours and adjust their staffing accordingly.
LOOKING FOR DEVICES FOR GRAFT DELIVERY TO MAXIMIZE PROFITABILITY?
The world’s largest medical device market is in the United States. In fact, the U.S. medical device market has a value of $140 billion. That said, finding the devices for graft delivery to maximize profitability isn’t as hard as it sounds.
SurGenTec offers high-quality graft delivery systems for optimal bone graft delivery and bone repair. To learn more about our universal graft guns for bone graft surgery, contact SurGenTec today.