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Cost effectiveness of nutrition support in the prevention of pressure ulcer in hospitals.
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PMID:  23047712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES:This study estimates the economic outcomes of a nutrition intervention to at-risk patients compared with standard care in the prevention of pressure ulcer.SUBJECTS/METHODS:Statistical models were developed to predict 'cases of pressure ulcer avoided', 'number of bed days gained' and 'change to economic costs' in public hospitals in 2002-2003 in Queensland, Australia. Input parameters were specified and appropriate probability distributions fitted for: number of discharges per annum; incidence rate for pressure ulcer; independent effect of pressure ulcer on length of stay; cost of a bed day; change in risk in developing a pressure ulcer associated with nutrition support; annual cost of the provision of a nutrition support intervention for at-risk patients. A total of 1000 random re-samples were made and the results expressed as output probability distributions.RESULTS:The model predicts a mean 2896 (s.d. 632) cases of pressure ulcer avoided; 12 397 (s.d. 4491) bed days released and corresponding mean economic cost saving of euros 2 869 526 (s.d. 2 078 715) with a nutrition support intervention, compared with standard care.CONCLUSION:Nutrition intervention is predicted to be a cost-effective approach in the prevention of pressure ulcer in at-risk patients.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 10 October 2012; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.140.
M D Banks; N Graves; J D Bauer; S Ash
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-10
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Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5640     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1] Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia [2] Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia.
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