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ICU costs are more than twice that of non-ICU inpatient care

Costs in intensive care units in four Banner Health (Phoenix) hospitals in the last half of 2007 were studied.  The daily ICU direct variable cost was found to average $1,597 compared to $683 for other inpatients not in ICU.  The average cost of the entire stay was $6,488 for the ICU, compared to $2,833 for other inpatients.  The types of expenditures were also analyzed:

ICU spend by type

  • 56.2% labor
  • 15.9% pharmacy
  • 8.9% respiratory therapy
  • 7.3% lab/blood

The authors also analyzed the difference in cost between low-acuity, mid-acuity, and high-acuity ICU patients. 

What I like about this article: It’s always interesting to see data on cost and utilization of intensive care units. 

Source: Dahl, D., and others.  The high cost of low-acuity ICU outliers.  Journal of Healthcare Management;57(6):421-433, Nov./Dec. 2012.  Click here for more information: http://www.biomedsearch.com/article/high-cost-low-acuity-ICU/311499617.html  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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