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In-hospital expenditure for medical devices: basic benchmarks for interpreting local data
  1. Sabrina Trippoli1,
  2. Valeria Fadda1,
  3. Andrea Messori2
  1. 1 HTA Unit, Regional Health Service, Firenze, Italy
  2. 2 HTA Unit, Regione Toscana, Firenze, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Messori, HTA Unit, Regione Toscana, Firenze 50122, Italy;{at}

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In numerous hospital pharmacies, the activities for monitoring the in-hospital consumption of medical devices are growing rapidly. The objective of these activities is to control the expenditure for devices and, at the same time, to maximise the effectiveness of device-based interventions by pursuing appropriateness and cost-effectiveness. A recent article published by our group1 has described in detail the experiences carried out in the Tuscany region (Italy) to monitor these expenditures and has examined the trend of these expenditures from 2019 to 2022. The article shows that monitoring the in-hospital expenditure for medical devices is a complex process, in which numerous factors play a fundamental role (eg, the efficiency of competitive tenders2) and strongly influence the benchmarks that ultimately can be determined from these activities. …

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  • Contributors AM designed the content of the manuscript, ST wrote the first draft, VF determined the values of the benchmarks.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.