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Spector WD, Limcangco R, Owens PL
AHRQ Author: Spector WD, Limcangco R, Owens PL, Steiner CA
Marginal hospital cost of surgery-related hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
The researchers estimated the hospital marginal cost of a hospital-acquired pressure ulcer (HAPU) for adults patients who were hospitalized for major surgeries, adjusted for patient characteristics, comorbidities, procedures, and hospital characteristics. They found that 3.5 percent of major surgical patients developed HAPUs and that the HAPUs added approximately $8,200 to the cost of a surgical stay after adjusting for comorbidities, patient characteristics, procedures, and hospital characteristics.
Citation: Spector WD, Limcangco R, Owens PL . Marginal hospital cost of surgery-related hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. Med Care 2016 Sep;54(9):845-51. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000558.
Keywords: Pressure Ulcers, Surgery, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Healthcare Costs, Patient Safety