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Table 4 Perceptions of Reprocessed EFs, Based on Survey of 243 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Members

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

Perception No. (%)
Do you believe that EF reprocessing can be cost-effective?
 Yes 211 (87)
 No 8 (3.2)
 Undecided 24 (10)
Do you believe that EF reprocessing can be beneficial to the hospital in generating revenue?
 Yes 156 (64)
 Not beneficial to hospital or patient savings 41 (17)
 No, only patient savings 17 (7.0)
 Unsure 29 (12)
Most important obstacle to widespread implementation of reprocessing
 Vendor coordination/logistics of reprocessing 61 (25)
 Litigation concerns 49 (20)
 Concerns with instrumentation failure and limitations 41 (17)
 Gap in knowledge about process 39 (16)
 Doubts about actual cost savings 32 (13)
 Ethical concerns 17 (7.0)
 Hospital policy/billing process 2 (0.82)
 No concern 2 (0.82)
  1. EF external fixator