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Analysis of Medical Costs for Trauma Patients
Yeong Cheol Kim, Suk Ho Choi, Kuk Nam Han, Kyung Hak Lee, Soo Eun Lee, Gil Joon Suh, Yeo Kyou Yoon
J Korean Soc Traumatol. 2011;24(2):95-97.
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PURPOSE
We analyzed the medical costs for severely traumatized patients according to the severity and medical performance so that we couldimprove the financial balance of the trauma center.
METHODS
Retrospective analysis was performed on patients visitingSNUH Trauma Center from May 2011 to August 2011. Among a total of 55 severely traumatized patients, 31 patients whose medical bills were available and categorized were included in this study. The injury severity score (ISS) was calculated from the abbreviated injury score (AIS), which was updated in 2008,for each patient to assess the severity of injury. Major trauma was defined as an ISS above 15.
RESULTS
The 31 patients in this study included 20 males and 11 females. The average ISS was 33.23+/-16.65 points.We categorize the patients into three groups according to ISS, 16-24: group 1, 25-40: group 2, and above 41: group 3. Total incomes, admission fees, surgery fees, and imaging test fees are shown in table 1. The costs seem to be higher costs in group 2, but this result has no statistical significance. Statistical significantly data are as follows: high radiologic test fees in group 1, short hospital stay in groups 1 and 2, and short ICU stay in group 1. The averagehospital stay was 17 days, and the average emergency intensive care unit (EICU) stay was 7.5 days. Although the EICU stay was only 44% of the total hospital stay, the income from the EICU covers 79.4% of the total hospital income.
CONCLUSION
From this study, we found several items that show relatively high medical income from severely traumatized patients visiting the SNUH Trauma Center. Most of the medical fees arise in the early phase of acute medicine usually in the ICU. Efforts to identify the items with high income and to minimize expenses will improve the financial structure of the Trauma Center,which is facing a budget crisis.
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J Trauma Inj : Journal of Trauma and Injury