Innovations in burn care: Prediction of operating room costs

S. S. McMillan, C. J. Parker, J. B. Winkler, J. G. Hilton, D. N. Herndon

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Abstract

Because cost containment is an important issue in health care today, a retrospective analysis of expense versus body surface area (BSA) burn was done in 270 pediatric cases to develop a prediction of future costs. When the resultant predictor was applied to a subsequent 167 patients based on BSA burn, projected costs and number of operative, procedures came, within 7% of actual costs. The study offers a reliable means of using retrospective cost data for projecting future costs for a patient population and shows that operating room (OR) supply costs per procedure are not a constant, but increase in a logarithmic relationship to BSA burn. Thus, OR costs cannot he quantitated solely on a per procedure basis rather, the level of BSA burn severity is an integral part of individual operative procedure, costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-446
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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McMillan, S. S., Parker, C. J., Winkler, J. B., Hilton, J. G., & Herndon, D. N. (1985). Innovations in burn care: Prediction of operating room costs. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, 6(5), 444-446. https://doi.org/10.1097/00004630-198509000-00013