November 1, 2010

The price is right for cost awareness

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

Which is more expensive—a robotic handle or a shunt valve? How much does hemostatic matrix cost? Thanks to an innovative game modeled after "The Price is Right," staff at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNM), Albuquerque, know the answers: The shunt valve is more expensive than the robotic handle ($2,642 vs $2,200), and the matrix costs $95 for 6 cc.

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