Many healthcare facilities are unaware of how much money they are wasting due to costly and inefficient fluid waste disposal practices. The majority of surgical procedures generate only 1-2 canisters of fluid waste per case. Disposing of small amounts of fluid waste with fluid management systems designed for high volume procedures is costly for healthcare facilities. The other common alternative is to dispose of entire canisters of fluid as red bag waste, which also adds significant cost to every procedure.
High volume fluid waste management systems are not optimized for low to medium volume surgical procedures due to their high disposable costs. Many healthcare facilities chosen to adopt high volume systems because they offer a closed system for disposing surgical fluid waste that reduces staff exposure to infection. While staff safety should certainly be a priority, the financial burden of these systems is significant. The cost of the manifold needed for every case is $20 or more, which adds up quickly when facilities are performing many procedures every day.
For healthcare facilities that have not yet adopted a closed system for fluid waste disposal, they are forced to dispose filled canisters as red bag after every surgical case. With the stringent regulations surrounding the disposal of medical waste, the cost of disposing entire canisters as red bag waste can be extremely high. According to most estimates, red bag waste costs 10-15x more than standard waste.
By employing the Serres Integrated Solution, healthcare facilities around the world are seeing considerable cost benefits. When using the Serres Nemo to flush fluid waste, disposable costs are limited to just $2 suction bags. Since the majority of cases are low to medium volume and only use 1 or 2 suction bags, disposable costs for these cases are limited to a maximum of $4.
A solution for facilities who have already invested in a high volume surgical fluid waste management system is to utilize this system only for their high volume cases, where they provide the most value, and utilize the Serres Nemo and suction bags for their low and medium volume cases. The cost savings associated with using a Serres Nemo for these cases, rather a high volume system, can lead to the Serres Nemo paying for itself in just 6 months if healthcare facilities are performing the standard amount of surgeries per day.
Are you interested in reducing the cost of your fluid waste disposal for low and medium volume cases? Contact a Serres representative today.