Journal article

Hospital costs and cost implications of co-morbid conditions for patients with single ventricle in the period through to Fontan completion

Li Huang, Kim M Dalziel, Chris Schilling, David S Celermajer, John J McNeil, David Winlaw, Tom Gentles, Dorothy J Radford, Michael Cheung, Andrew Bullock, Gavin R Wheaton, Robert N Justo, Lisa A Selbie, Victoria Forsdick, Karin Du Plessis, Yves d'Udekem

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing palliative surgeries for single-ventricle conditions are affected by multiple comorbidities or non-cardiac conditions. The prevalence, costs and the cost implications of these conditions have not been assessed. METHODS: Administrative costing records from four hospitals in Australia and New Zealand were linked with the Fontan registry database to analyze the inpatient resource use for co-morbid or non-cardiac conditions. Inpatient costing records from the birth year through to Fontan completion were available for 156 patients. The most frequent primary diagnoses were hypoplastic left heart syndrome (33%), double inlet left ventricle (13%), and tricuspid atresi..

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