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Helping the Littlest Hearts
October 4, 2016
In October 1965, the American College of Chest Physicians printed an article titled “Experimental and Clinical Studies of Miniaturized Disc Oxygenator for Infants” Basically, the first proof that a heart bypass machine could be used on newborn infants so that surgeons could fix congenital heart abnormalities. According to the authors, before the development of the infant heart bypass machine, nearly 70% of infants born with theoretically correctable heart defects would only live a very short life. Many died within the first 18 months of their lives.
This incredible advance in cardiovascular surgery was developed and manufactured in part by Pemco Incorporated. Pemco has a long history of developing surgical tools and instruments to help physicians treat patients. We are also continuing to work with physicians and engineers to design new items that will aid in robotic surgery, special procedures like the NUSS technique for treating Pectus Excavatum, and special pediatric sized retractors for resternotomy.
The actual oxygenator circuit build in 1965 is shown filled and primed prior to perfusion.
Going GREEN in the operating room
Reusable Instrument Benefits Continue to Outweigh Disposables
When compared with disposable versions, the Pemco reusable coronary cannulas and hand-held suckers have been proven to be the most cost-effective and environmentally sound solution in the OR. First year savings can easily reach into the thousands of dollars, with a break even point after just 25 procedures.
The following model shows the comparison of the Pemco reusable coronary sinus cardiplegia cannula with an average disposable version.
Disposable vs. Reusable
Coronary Cannula Comparison using equivalent style devices for same application with 200 procedures a year.
The estimated sterilization (SPD) cost of $1 per Pemco product use includes equipment and personnel cost for 5 minute inspection, pressure rinse, soak with other cannulated instruments.
The estimated disposal cost of $1.25 per disposable product is based on disposal of medical waste, blood contact; metal and plastic.
Pricing Disposable: $26.00 ea. Pemco Reusable: $700.00 ea.
Cost Analysis Disposable: Pemco Reusable:
200 units X $26= $5,200 3 units X $700= $2,100
SPD Cost= 0 SPD Cost= 200
Disposal Cost= 250 Disposal Cost= 0
ONE YEAR Total= $5,450 ONE YEAR Total= $2,300
Conclusions Estimated first year savings of $3,150 based on 200 procedures.
Overall savings of 57% utilizing reusable product in just the FIRST year.
Pemco Reusable cannulas pay for themselves after the first 25 procedures.
Similar results have been documented using our Pemco Suction Products. For more information about how your department can benefit from our reusable products, please contact us at email@example.com.
Here’s a link to an article from “Greening The OR” that is good reading for those interested in making operating rooms greener.