In a study published in the journal Orthopedics, researchers compared ACL reconstructions performed on pediatric patients in hospital and outpatient surgery center settings. The study analyzed procedural efficiency by looking at total OR time, total staff and support staff changes. Minimizing potential variation, the same institution owned and operated both facilities and the surgeries were performed by the same surgeon.
Of the 49 total procedures involved in the study, the researchers concluded, “Procedural efficiency was greater at the [outpatient surgery center] compared with the hospital. The provision of consistent and experienced orthopedic-specific teams allows for improvement in OR efficiency, cost, and value.”