Cost analysis of two implantable narcotic delivery systems

Marshall D. Bedder, Kim Burchiel, Ann Larson

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This survey compares costs of two commonly utilized implantable narcotic delivery systems. The systems are classified into type-I (exteriorized system using the DuPen epidural catheter) and type-II (implanted system using the Synchromed pump). Costs were analyzed by reviewing actual patient hospital financial service records and Homecare vendor quotations. From the perspective of cost analysis alone, we conclude that savings accrue when patients requiring treatment beyond 3 months duration are managed with a type-II implanted system compared with a type-I system with an external pump.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-373
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1991


  • Narcotic
  • delivery system
  • epidural catheter
  • pump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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