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How to run a heart surgical unit: experiences during the first year of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Clinic of Regensburg.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9128124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The heart surgery unit in Regensburg was opened in June 1992. A cost analysis was done for the first year, thru May 1993 with respect to facilities, output and wages. Facilities were divided into rooms, beds and personnel. The number of rooms was constant throughout the reporting period whereas beds and personnel increased continuously. Particularly the nursing staff was expanded to meet the rising demand. A direct consequence of this progressive personnel policy was that the personnel costs also increased continuously. 644 operations were done, 542 with and 102 without a heart-lung-machine. The number of operations using a heart-lung-machine rose from 18 per month in June 1992 to 59 in May 1993. The average length of hospitalization was 13.6 days. The cost of wages per month rose from DM 166,000 initially to DM 378,000. The cost of wages per hospitalization day, however, sank from DM 740 to DM 393. Distributing non-assigned costs to the cost objects in the same relationship as assigned costs, costs per hospitalization day were as follows: Intensive care unit DM 1,233 and care unit S43 DM 193. The cost of wages per operation was estimated at DM 1,553.
H R Zurbrügg; S Piehler; H M Weiss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0021-9509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-14     Completed Date:  1997-05-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0066127     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Clinic of Regensburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Surgical Procedures* / statistics & numerical data
Cardiology Service, Hospital / economics,  manpower,  organization & administration*
Coronary Care Units / economics,  organization & administration
Costs and Cost Analysis
Hospital Costs
Hospital Units / economics,  organization & administration*
Length of Stay
Medical Staff, Hospital / economics
Nursing Staff, Hospital / economics
Salaries and Fringe Benefits

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