Peek behind the paper: reducing preoperative blood orders and costs for radical prostatectomy

Written by The Evidence Base

Peek behind the paper with study authors Natasha Gupta and Mereze Visagie (both at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD, USA) to evaluate the impacts of a maximum surgical blood order schedule (MSBOS) on preoperative blood orders and procedure-related costs for radical prostatectomies. Radical prostatectomies are common urological procedures performed as part of the treatment and/or management of prostate cancer. Research has demonstrated that costs associated with radical prostatectomies can vary significantly across healthcare centers in the USA, based on various patient, surgeon and hospital factors. To improve efficiency, it is important to identify areas within the radical prostatectomy procedure...

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