Post-operative supports infographic

- Post-operative supports that hold your patients and budget together

Average cost per hour after:
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Complications
after surgery make
costs rise to the clouds

The STS Database shows major infection in 3.5% of patients after CABG (2). The average cost of a deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is $60,000 (3). This means almost 3 patients per month in a hospital that performs 1000 CABG annually - and additionally $1,5 million in cost.

Women with larger breasts are 38 times more likely to develop mediastinitis due to tension on the incision - the same mechanism causing risk in obese patients (4).

Sternal instability is highly associated with development of mediastinitis and sternal approximation is important for prevention of it (5). The effects of supportive devices in patients with chronic instability showed that the use of an adjustable fastening brace improved pain and lessened sternal separation (6).

The use of an elasticized binder after major abdominal surgery can enhance the speed of recovery (7).

  1. JF Dasta et al. Daily cost of an intensive care unit day: the contribution of mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2005 Jun;33(6):1266-71.
  2. V.Fowler, Jr, et al. Clinical Predictors of Major Infections After Cardiac Surgery Circulation. 2005;112:I-358-I-365.
  3. N Rao et al. Prevention of postoperative mediastinitis: a clinical process improvement model. J. Healthcare Quality. Jan/Feb 2004;26(1)
  4. M Copeland et al. Breast size as a risk factor for sternal wound complications following cardiac surgery. Archives of Surgery. 1994;129(7):757-759.
  5. D. El-Ansary et al. Control of Separation in Sternal Instability by Supportive Devices: A Comparison of an Adjustable Fastening Brace, Compression Garment, and Sports TapeArch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:1775-81.
  6. LP Cahalin et al. Sternal Precautions: Is It Time for Change? Precautions versus Restrictions – A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Revision, Cardiopulm Phys Ther Journal, Vol 22, No. 1 Mar 2011.
  7. O. Cheifetz et al.The Effect of Abdominal Support on Functional Outcomes in Patients Following Major Abdominal Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 62, Number 3.
Investment in quality postoperative supports improves recovery
and saves costs
Patients will gain:
  • Respiration management
  • Comfort and security
  • Less pain
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Better posture
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Color stimulation
Leaving the CCU one hour earlier can save up to $145.
Comfort for patients
Functional convenience for staff
Costs savings for administrators
Leaving the hospital one day earlier can save up to $2200.
A patient that is comfortable and feels well can lower medication costs.
We need to hold it all together by using efficient and comfortable supports that promote:
  • Earlier recovery
  • Lower medication costs
  • Earlier discharge

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References:

  1. JF Dasta et al. Daily cost of an intensive care unit day: the contribution of mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2005 Jun;33(6):1266-71.
  2. V.Fowler, Jr, et al. Clinical Predictors of Major Infections After Cardiac Surgery Circulation. 2005;112:I-358-I-365
  3. N Rao et al. Prevention of postoperative mediastinitis: a clinical process improvement model. J. Healthcare Quality. Jan/Feb 2004;26(1)
  4. M Copeland et al. Breast size as a risk factor for sternal wound complications following cardiac surgery. Archives of Surgery. 1994;129(7):757-759.
  5. D. El-Ansary et al. Control of Separation in Sternal Instability by Supportive Devices: A Comparison of an Adjustable Fastening Brace, Compression Garment, and Sports TapeArch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:1775-81.
  6. LP Cahalin et al. Sternal Precautions: Is It Time for Change? Precautions versus Restrictions – A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Revision, Cardiopulm Phys Ther Journal, Vol 22, No. 1 Mar 2011
  7. O. Cheifetz et al.The Effect of Abdominal Support on Functional Outcomes in Patients Following Major Abdominal Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 62, Number 3