Hospital charges and length of stay associated with septicemia among children hospitalized for leukemia treatment in the United States.

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Journal Article

BACKGROUND: This study examines hospital charges and length of stay (LOS) associated with septicemia during hospitalization for leukemia treatment among children aged ≤18 years. METHODS: Nationwide Inpatient Sample (year 2008) was used. All hospitalizations (regardless of their discharge status following hospitalization) among children aged ≤18 years with a primary diagnosis of leukemia were selected. Leukemia was identified using ICD-9-CM codes in the primary diagnosis field. The presence of septicemia during hospitalization was identified using ICD-9-CM codes in the secondary diagnosis field. Multivariable linear regression analyses were made to examine the effect of septicemia on hospitalization charges and LOS. RESULTS: Totally 6220 hospitalizations were attributed to leukemia treatment. Among these, 787 had septicemia. The mean hospitalization charge for those with septicemia was $279,137 and for those without septicemia was $113,530. The average LOS for those with septicemia was 33.18 days while the LOS for those without septicemia was 13.79 days. Septicemia was associated with increased hospitalization charges and a prolonged duration of stay in hospital after adjustments for confounders (P<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Septicemia is associated with adverse outcomes among children hospitalized for leukemia treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allareddy, V; Rampa, S; Allareddy, V

Published Date

  • August 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 228

PubMed ID

  • 22886194

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22886194

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1867-0687

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12519-012-0361-5

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland