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Delayed discharge for non-clinical reasons in hip procedures: differential characteristics and opportunity cost

Abstract: Delayed discharge for non-clinical reasons shares common characteristics with hip procedures. We sought to quantify the length of stay and related costs of hip procedures and compare these with other cases of delayed discharge. A cross-sectional study was conducted at a public hospital in Spain (2007?2015) including 306 patients with 6945 days of total stay and 2178 days of prolonged stay. The mean appropriate stay was 15.58 days, and the mean prolonged stay was 7.12 days. The cost of a prolonged stay was €641,002.09. The opportunity cost according to the value of the hospital complexity unit was €922,997.82. The mean diagnostic-related groups? weight was 3.40. Up to 85.29% of patients resided in an urban area near the hospital (p = 0.001), and 83.33% were referred to a long-stay facility for functional recovery (p = 0.001). The proportion of patients with hip procedures and delayed discharge was lower than previous reports; however, their length of stay was longer. The cost of prolonged stay could account for 21.17% of the total. Compared with the remaining cases of delayed discharge, the appropriate stay was shorter in hip procedures, with a profile of older women living in an urban area close to the hospital and referred to a long-stay center for functional recovery

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 Autoría: Pellico-López A., Fernández-Feito A., Cantarero D., Herrero-Montes M., Cuevas J.C.D.L., Parás-Bravo P., Paz-Zulueta M.,

 Fuente: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9407

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 06/09/2021

Nº de páginas: 12

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18179407

ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

Url de la publicación: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/17/9407