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High cost of stage IV pressure ulcers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20887840     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to calculate and analyze the cost of treatment for stage IV pressure ulcers.
METHODS: A retrospective chart analysis of patients with stage IV pressure ulcers was conducted. Hospital records and treatment outcomes of these patients were followed up for a maximum of 29 months and analyzed. Costs directly related to the treatment of pressure ulcers and their associated complications were calculated.
RESULTS: Nineteen patients with stage IV pressure ulcers (11 hospital-acquired and 8 community-acquired) were identified and their charts were reviewed. The average hospital treatment cost associated with stage IV pressure ulcers and related complications was $129,248 for hospital-acquired ulcers during 1 admission, and $124,327 for community-acquired ulcers over an average of 4 admissions.
CONCLUSIONS: The costs incurred from stage IV pressure ulcers are much greater than previously estimated. Halting the progression of early stage pressure ulcers has the potential to eradicate enormous pain and suffering, save thousands of lives, and reduce health care expenditures by millions of dollars.
Harold Brem; Jason Maggi; David Nierman; Linda Rolnitzky; David Bell; Robert Rennert; Michael Golinko; Alan Yan; Courtney Lyder; Bruce Vladeck
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of surgery     Volume:  200     ISSN:  1879-1883     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  2010-10-21     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370473     Medline TA:  Am J Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness*
Hospital Costs*
Hospitals, University / economics*
Length of Stay / economics*
Pressure Ulcer / diagnosis,  economics,  therapy*
Severity of Illness Index
United States
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