Gastroschisis: small hole, big cost.


Conference Paper

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: This study was designed to assess the outcome and financial costs incurred for the treatment of gastroschisis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of all patients with gastroschisis at a single institution over the past decade (n = 69). Hospital costs were determined and standardized to December 2001 dollars. RESULTS: Of the 69 patients, average gestational age at delivery was 35.9 weeks. Thirty-six patients had a primary fascial closure; 33 had a silo placed. The mean time to first feeding was 22 days and full feeding, 33 days. Average length of stay was 47 days. There were 3 deaths (2 shortly after birth, and one 131 days later owing to sepsis). The average cost of hospitalization and physician fees for patients with gastroschisis was $123,200. Using multivariate regression analysis, significant variables (P <.05) associated with cost of hospitalization were number of operative procedures, ventilatory days, male gender, and length of stay. Room expenses (43%), physician fees (15%), respiratory and pulmonary care (10%), and supply and devices (10%) made up the majority of costs. CONCLUSIONS: Cost of care associated with treatment for gastroschisis is high. Strategies designed to reduce cost must limit gastrointestinal, respiratory, and operative complications and reduce length of stay.

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Cited Authors

  • Sydorak, RM; Nijagal, A; Sbragia, L; Hirose, S; Tsao, K; Phibbs, RH; Schmitt, SK; Lee, H; Farmer, DL; Harrison, MR; Albanese, CT

Published Date

  • December 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1669 - 1672

PubMed ID

  • 12483626

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12483626

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-5037

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3468

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/jpsu.2002.36689