Saving Money with Surgical First Assistants

Same-Day Surgery—February 1, 2016

Same-Day Surgery reports on the use of surgical first assistants (SFAs) in hospitals to reduce operating time.

"Any time you have consistency of personnel as first assistants, it certainly lowers costs by improving efficiency, turnover, time during case, all those things, and accuracy and safety of cases," said Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery. "It lowers infection rate, lowers cost, increases efficiency and leads to better outcomes."

To read the full article, visit This article also appeared in the February 2016 print issue.


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