In keeping with national efforts to curb escalating health care costs, the necessity of multiple preoperative investigations was evaluated in 60 randomly selected ambulatory surgery patient records.
Necessity for testing was assessed on clinical indications, and overall cost was calculated from the rates at both the local Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and a community hospital.
Two thirds of the investigations were deemed to be inappropriate, with derived unnecessary average cost per patient of $47 and $80 for the VAMC and community hospital, respectively.
Potential savings at the VAMC of $11,757.50 for the calendar year could have been realized.
Education of staff and housestaff is crucial to changing obsolete practice habits.
The quality and safety of care would not be compromised by limiting preoperative investigations to only those with clinical indications.
Mots-clés Pascal : Chirurgie, Ambulatoire, Préopératoire, Exploration, Analyse biochimique, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Surgery, Ambulatory, Preoperative, Exploration, Biochemical analysis, Cost analysis, Health economy, Human, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0389703
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 10/04/1997.