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Economic evaluation of pressure ulcer care: A Cost Minimization Analysis of Preventive Strategies

Schuurman, J. P., Schoonhoven, L., Defloor, T., van Engelshoven, I., van Ramshorst, B. & Buskens, E., 2009, In : Nursing Economics. 27, 6, p. 390-415 26 p.

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  • J.P. Schuurman
  • L. Schoonhoven
  • T. Defloor
  • I. van Engelshoven
  • B. van Ramshorst
  • E. Buskens

The purpose of this study was to determine the cost for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers from a hospital perspective and to identify the least resource-intensive pressure ulcer prevention strategy.

Cost analyses were examined from a hospital perspective using direct costs. The study was carried out alongside a prospective cohort study on the incidence and risk factors for pressure ulcers.

Two large teaching hospitals in the Netherlands with (partly) opposing approaches in prevention, a technological versus a human approach, were analyzed.

The main outcome measures were resource use, costs of preventive measures and treatment, and pressure ulcer incidence in both hospitals.

Pressure ulcer prevention through a predominantly technical approach resulted in a similar incidence rate as prevention through a predominantly human approach.

However, the technical approach was considerably less expensive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-415
Number of pages26
JournalNursing Economics
Volume27
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

  • HOSPITALIZED-PATIENTS, RISK-ASSESSMENT, PREDICTION, COHORT

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