Posted August 25, 2018 07:23:07 The U.S. has the world’s largest network of medical laser facilities, but hospitals are using the facilities too frequently, a new study has found.
The study, published in the journal Laser Technology, found that hospitals in the U.K. and the U and U.A.E. spend $8 million per day on laser-focused surgeries, compared with $1.8 million for the same procedures in the country.
The results, based on data collected from more than 1,000 hospitals, show that about 30 percent of American hospitals have laser-oriented surgery in their operating rooms, compared to 8 percent in Germany, 8 percent the U.
“More: Why hospitals are taking on laser care,” said the study’s lead author, John Maciver, an associate professor of surgery at The American Institute of Plastics and Polymers in Pittsburgh.
The National Laser Institute, which runs the centers, says the study “is consistent with our view that we have to be careful about the use of our laser facilities.”
“There is a clear need for laser surgery in the United States,” said John Gagnon, the institute’s president and CEO.
“In the United Kingdom, we’re at the forefront of the trend and in Europe, we have very limited use of the facilities.
So it’s not clear to us why there’s a need for the United Sates to spend the money to keep them in the hospital.”
In addition to the U, Maciver said, most hospitals in Europe and the United states have laser surgeries performed by robotic surgery units, which are controlled remotely by technicians using lasers to focus and manipulate the surgery area.
But in the European Union, where there is less emphasis on robotic surgery, hospitals have been able to keep their lasers in their hospital operating rooms.
That’s because they don’t need to invest in lasers, and the robots are cheaper and easier to use than laser-based machines.
“I don’t think the costs are justified,” Maciver told The Huffington Pause.
“But we’ve got to make sure we are careful about where we put them.”
The U. S. has spent roughly $1 billion on lasers in 2017, up about 5 percent from 2016, according to the National Science Foundation.
The average American spends $1,976 per day for laser-directed surgery.
But as the nation’s population continues to grow, there’s less room for hospitals to keep up with demand, Macever said.
“It’s becoming more of a trend for American hospitals to have a high volume of surgeries,” Macever told The Pause, adding that the numbers have not changed much over the past five years.
In fact, the National Institutes of Health has reported that U. K. hospitals are seeing a 15 percent decrease in their laser-guided surgery numbers from 2015.
“We’re spending more money on lasers,” Macaver said.
In addition to increasing the size of the operating rooms and keeping them in their locations, Macaver suggests that hospitals could also use laser-friendly materials like plastic sheets, which can be reused to create more durable and stronger materials for surgery.
Maciver added that hospitals should also focus on reducing the number of laser-related injuries.
“The first step is to reduce the amount of injuries that occur, especially for the elderly and those with advanced age, and that means a reduction in the number that need to be treated,” Macive said.
The U and the European countries have implemented a plan to spend up to $1 million per year for laser therapy.
That includes a one-time $1 fee to hospitals to use laser surgery equipment, as well as training for their technicians to minimize the use and misuse of lasers.
The new study also found that American hospitals spend about $300 million per month on the devices, while the European hospitals spend between $1 and $5 million per visit.
The U’s national laser institute says it will spend $3 million on lasers, while Germany has spent between $4 and $6 million per surgery.
The Institute of Photonics and Photonics, which focuses on advanced materials, says its members spend between 30 percent and 50 percent of their budget on laser devices.