Low cost quality initiatives for management of neurosurgical patients in developing nations: perspective from a tertiary care centre in Pakistan
Targeting resources on cost-effective care strategies is pertinent for developing nations, specifically for already burdened specialties such as neurosurgery, where without state support and insurance companies, expenses are borne by the patient themselves.
This was a descriptive review of literary work published by the section of neurosurgery at Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan. We searched PubMed and CiNAHL databases to identify articles, which were then critically analyzed and discussed from a perspective of low-cost quality care.
We demonstrate the cost effectiveness of three initiatives, namely, blood ordering protocol for elective spine arthrodesis, nonoperative management being superior to surgical stabilization in spine injury patients with complete neurological deficits, and early tracheostomy in patients with isolated severe traumatic brain injury.
Initiation and implementation of such cost-effective strategies without compromising quality health standards must be emphasized by neurosurgical centers throughout the developing world for smart allocation and utilization of funds.