The operating room is a cost-dense environment, and disposable surgical instruments account for a large proportion of its costs.1 Because surgeons often have a choice of instruments to use, they play a critical role in managing supply costs. Previous research on surgeon cost knowledge has shown that surgeons are unskilled at estimating the price of surgical supplies.2 However, it is unclear whether surgeons can correctly differentiate the more expensive item of 2 surgical instruments, a task that more accurately reflects real-world decisions. Furthermore, cost report cards (CRCs) have been proposed as a passive mechanism for educating surgeons about surgical supplies to reduce spending.3 However, the association between CRCs and cost knowledge is unknown.
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Zhao B, Childers CP, Hays RD, et al. Surgeon Awareness of the Relative Costs of Common Surgical Instruments. JAMA Surg. Published online June 26, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1746
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