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Table 3 EF Usage Considerations by Hospital Type, Based on a Survey of 243 OTA Members

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

EF Usage Hospital Type, No. (%) Hospital Affiliation, No. (%)
For-Profit (n = 39) Nonprofit (n = 204) P University (n = 111) Community (n = 109) Public (n = 23) P
Currently use reprocess EFs
 Yes 6 (15) 84 (41) 0.004 54 (49) 30 (28) 13 (57) 0.001
 No 33 (85) 120 (59) 57 (51) 79 (72) 10 (43)
Believe that EF reprocessing is cost-effective
 Yes 31 (79) 180 (88) 0.320 92 (83) 92 (84) 11 (48) < 0.001
 No 2 (5.1) 5 (2.5) 5 (4.5) 4 (3.7) 1 (4.4)
 Undecided 6 (15) 19 (9.3) 14 (13) 13 (12) 11 (48)
Considering use of reprocessed EFs
 Yes 18 (55) 77 (64) 0.126 46 (81) 56 (71) 3 (30) < 0.001
 No 12 (36) 24 (20) 5 (8.8) 15 (19) 1 (10)
 Undecided 3 (9.1) 19 (16) 6 (11) 8 (10) 7 (70)
  1. EF external fixator, OTA Orthopaedic Trauma Association