Operating room waste: disposable supply utilization in neurointerventional procedures

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2017 Dec;159(12):2337-2340. doi: 10.1007/s00701-017-3366-y. Epub 2017 Oct 25.


Background: Operating rooms account for 70% of hospital waste, increasing healthcare costs and creating environmental hazards. Endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular pathologies has become prominent, and associated products highly impact the total cost of care. We investigated the costs of endovascular surgical waste at our institution.

Methods: Data from 53 consecutive endovascular procedures at the Radboud UMC Nijmegen from May to December 2016 were collected. "Unused disposable supply" was defined as one-time use items opened but not used during the procedure. Two observers cataloged the unused disposable supply for each case. The cost of each item was determined from the center supply catalog, and these costs were summed to determine the total cost of unused supply per case.

Results: Thirteen diagnostic cerebral digital subtraction angiographies (DSA) (24.5%) and 40 endovascular procedures (75.5%) were analyzed. Total interventional waste was 27,299.53 € (mean 515.09 € per procedure). While total costs of unused disposable supply were almost irrelevant for DSAs, they were consistent for interventional procedures (mean 676.49 € per case). Aneurysm standard coiling had the highest impact on total interventional waste (mean 1061.55 €). Disposable interventional products had a very high impact on the surgical waste costs in the series of the neurointerventional procedures (95% of total waste).

Conclusions: This study shows the impact of neurointerventional waste on the total care costs for cerebrovascular patients. This might reflect the tendency to anticipate needs and emergencies in neurointervention. Responsible use of disposable material can be achieved by educating operators and nurses and creating operator preference cards.

Keywords: Angiography; Cost; Neurosurgery; Operating rooms; Supply; Surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Endovascular Procedures / economics*
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Medical Waste / economics*
  • Operating Rooms*
  • Waste Disposal Facilities / economics*


  • Medical Waste