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2021-11-24

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Kudzai Chironga, Stefan Swanepoel, Roopam Dey, Simon Matthew Graham, Michael Held, Maritz Laubscher

ABSTRACT

PurposeCost-saving strategies are important, especially in a resource-constrained environment. One such strategy well supported in the literature is the reuse of temporary monolateral external fixator components, a strategy we utilize at our institution. The aim of the study was to determine the safety and cost saving associated with the reuse of definitive circular external fixator components in a resource-constrained environment.MethodWe performed a retrospective review of all adult patients who were treated with either new or reused circular external fixators from a single manufacturer between January and December 2017. Reused circular external fixator components, excluding half pins and wires, were subjected to an in-house reprocessing protocol. Cost savings were calculated as the difference between the price of a completely new frame and the amount invoiced for new components only in a reused frame.ResultsThirty-three patients were included in the study with an average age of 31.9 years. The mean duration of treatment with a circular external fixator was 5.8 months. No mechanical failure events were recorded during the study period. Our institution saved approximately 52% (R717 503.89) and 63% (R136 568.19) of expected total cost for hexapod and Ilizarov frames, respectively.ConclusionThe strategy of reusing circular external fixator components is unconventional, and this study was conducted to evaluate the safety and potential savings in a resource-constrained environment. We demonstrated this practice to be reasonably safe and to result in significant cost savings which might be relevant in low-and-middle-income countries. More... »

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