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Safety and economic analysis controlled ambient surgery cabin for minor ophthalmic surgery procedures

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Session Title: New drug treatment and technology

Session Date/Time: Friday 27/09/2013 | 14:30-16:00

Paper Time: 15:26

Venue: Hall 3 (Level 0)

First Author: R.Gallego-Pinazo SPAIN

Co Author(s):    R. Dolz-Marco   M. Andreu-Fenoll   D. Salom   S. Mart?nez-Castillo     

Abstract Details


to evaluate the safety and economic profitability of the controlled ambient surgery cabin (ArcSteril; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Jena, Germany) for outpatient ophthalmic surgery.


University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe. Valencia, Spain


Comparative, observational, retrospective study of conventional minor surgery procedures (chalazion, pterygia, intravitreal injections and others) performed in a conventional operating room and in the ArcSteril. Cataract surgeries, vitrectomies and keratoplasties were excluded from the analysis. The studied variables were: number of treated patients, cost per procedure, and frequency of ocular infections.


1736 surgical procedures were performed in the conventional operating room, and 1851 surgical procedures were performed in the ArcSteril. The cost per hour of surgery was 142.50€ in the conventional operating room, and 30.50€ with the ArcSteril. The calculated cost per procedure was 137.87 € in the conventional operating room, and 27.84 € with the ArcSteril. Therefore, the use of the ArcSteril had an economic benefit of 110.03 € per patient, and an overall benefit of 203665.53€ (110.03 of 1851 patients). No differences were observed with regard to the rate of ocular infections between both groups, which was below 0.1%.


The use of the ArcSteril for outpatient ophthalmic minor surgery may be similar in terms of security and better in terms of economic benefit than the conventional operating room.

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