How Do Medical Device Supplier Partnerships Influence Surgical Costs?

Sep 15, 2021 11:23:08 AM

Hidden Costs

Although the relationship between hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) may have shifted during the height of the pandemic, this is not a new trend. Data suggest that between 2017 and 2019, ASCs were usurping hospitals by nearly 50% when it came to performing certain specialized procedures.1

One of the most important factors for patients when choosing between a hospital and an ambulatory surgical center is cost of care.1 This is also a key factor for the hospitals and the ASCs — the cost of patient surgeries must be balanced within the specific facility’s budget.

So how can these facilities effectively manage their budgets to ensure ongoing excellence in patient surgical care?

Aligning Value and Medical Product Providers

With a few exceptions, all the equipment, tools, robotic advancements, and medical devices used to perform surgeries carry the same cost for both hospitals and ASCs. However, it’s important to find suppliers that provide the best value for the investment.

The TIDI Products portfolio is designed to support caregivers and protect patients through their medical care journey, no matter which type of facility they’re in. Hospitals and ASCs depend on TIDI for innovations that help reduce contamination risk and streamline time spent prepping for and performing surgery.

The C-Armor® Drape, for instance, is a long-trusted TIDI Products draping solution for maintaining the sterile field during procedures with multiple C-arm swings.

Similarly, the Sterile-Z® product line offers smart, cost-effective solutions that maximize protection during surgery:

  • The Sterile-Z Patient Drape is designed to be applied and removed while maintaining the sterile field. Intraoperative hospital patients are protected from the potential contamination risk from equipment during 3D imaging procedures.
  • Sterile-Z Covers help protect operating room back tables and Mayo stands from contamination during periods of increased activity and delays. In accordance with AORN guidelines,2 Sterile-Z Covers offer reliable protection that eliminates the need for nurses to physically monitor operating room back tables and Mayo stands in order to ensure sterile field maintenance.

Choosing the Right Supplier

Partnering with suppliers that provide practical, purpose-driven solutions offers a dual benefit for hospitals and ASCs.

Appropriately maintaining the sterile field mitigates contamination risk and maximizes surgical patient protection. Additionally, investing in the right tools can help cut facility costs without the risk of caregivers compromising surgical performance or outcomes.

We invite you to learn more about the time- and cost-effectiveness of C-Armor, Sterile-Z, and other forward-thinking TIDI Products innovations online.


  1. COVID-19 pandemic: Impact on ASCs. Digital Format: Clarivate; 2021.
  2. Guidelines for sterile technique. In: Wood A, editor. Guidelines for perioperative practice. Denver (CO): AORN; 2021. pp. 944-967.


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