Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Committee Member

Gregory O. Ginn

Second Committee Member

Charles B. Moseley

Third Committee Member

Christopher R. Cochran

Fourth Committee Member

Keah Choon Tan

Number of Pages



The objective of this case study is to determine the cost difference between using a conventional type of inventory system in the operating room versus using a pack system in the operating room. In this study three different ways of delivering disposables for a laminectomy procedure were considered: 1) multiple distributors of disposables, 2) single distributor of disposables, and 3) the pack system (CDS by Medline). The first comparison was of multiple distributors vs. a single distributor with a cost difference of $90.08 per procedure and $18,916.80 annually, multiple distributor costing less. The second comparison was between Medline as a single distributor and Medline’s CDS pack system; with a cost difference of $250.13 per procedure and $52,527.30 annually, CDS pack system costing less. The third comparison was of multiple distributors vs. Medline’s CDS pack system, with differences of $167.04 per procedure and annual differences of $35,078.40, CDS pack system costing less. Another way that the CDS benefits the hospital is that funds normally tied up in inventory are now available for use in other areas. In a report given to the hospital administration, the reduced inventory has made $50,000.00 available for other uses.


Inventory control; Operating rooms – Equipment and supplies; Surgical instruments and apparatus – Costs;


Public Administration | Surgery

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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