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Economic evaluation of pressure ulcer care: a cost minimization analysis of preventive strategies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20050490     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine the cost for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers from a hospital perspective and to identify the least resource-intensive pressure ulcer prevention strategy. Cost analyses were examined from a hospital perspective using direct costs. The study was carried out alongside a prospective cohort study on the incidence and risk factors for pressure ulcers. Two large teaching hospitals in the Netherlands with (partly) opposing approaches in prevention, a technological versus a human approach, were analyzed. The main outcome measures were resource use, costs of preventive measures and treatment, and pressure ulcer incidence in both hospitals. Pressure ulcer prevention through a predominantly technical approach resulted in a similar incidence rate as prevention through a predominantly human approach. However, the technical approach was considerably less expensive.
Jaap-Peter Schuurman; Lisette Schoonhoven; Tom Defloor; Ilse van Engelshoven; Bert van Ramshorst; Erik Buskens
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing economic$     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0746-1739     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Econ     Publication Date:    2009 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-06     Completed Date:  2010-01-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8404213     Medline TA:  Nurs Econ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  390-400, 415     Citation Subset:  N    
St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Direct Service Costs / statistics & numerical data
Hospital Costs / statistics & numerical data*
Hospitals, Teaching
Length of Stay / economics
Middle Aged
Netherlands / epidemiology
Nursing Administration Research
Nursing Staff, Hospital / economics
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Pressure Ulcer / economics*,  epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Primary Prevention / economics*,  methods
Prospective Studies
Skin Care / economics*,  methods,  nursing
Workload / economics

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