Thu, 2 August 2018
OTO: Time, Resident Involvement, and Supply Drive Cost Variability in Septoplasty with Turbinate Reduction
This podcast highlights original research published in the August 2018 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation.
The objective of this study was to determine factors that influence cost variability in septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction.
For septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction, the greatest driver of cost variation was operative time. Resident involvement correlated with increased time and cost. Supply costs had a much smaller impact. When subanalyzed by resident year, junior resident–involved cases were significantly longer than no-resident cases.