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Table 2 Current Practices of 243 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Members Regarding the Use of EFs

From: Use of reprocessed external fixators in orthopaedic surgery: a survey of 243 orthopaedic trauma surgeons

Practice No. (%)
Currently use reprocessed EFs
 Yes 90 (37)
 No 153 (63)
If not using, considering use of reprocessed EFs
 Yes 95 (62)
 No 36 (24)
 Undecided 22 (14)
If not using, main reason for not using reprocessed EFs
 Vendor coordination/logistics of reprocessing 49 (32)
 Litigation concerns 30 (20)
 Gap in knowledge about process 19 (12)
 Doubts about actual cost savings 19 (12)
 Hospital policy/billing process 15 (9.8)
 Concerns about instrumentation failure and limitations 10 (6.5)
 Ethical concerns 9 (5.9)
 Other/no reason 2 (1.3)
Reasons for recent cessation of using reprocessed EFsa
 Vendor coordination/logistics of reprocessing 19 (66)
 Litigation concerns 11 (38)
 Hospital policy/billing process 8 (28)
 Doubts about actual cost savings 7 (24)
 Concerns about instrumentation failure and limitations 3 (10)
 Ethical concerns 3 (10)
 Other/no reason 1 (3.4)
If currently using reprocessed EFs, party performing the reprocessing
 Original manufacturer 33 (37)
 Third party 31 (34)
 Unsure 15 (17)
 Hospital 11 (12)
  1. EF external fixator
  2. aTwenty-nine respondents reported recent cessation of using reprocessed EFs. Respondents could choose more than one reason