Journal article

Hospital Inpatient Costs for Single Ventricle Patients Surviving the Fontan Procedure

Li Huang, Chris Schilling, Kim M Dalziel, Siyu Xie, David S Celermajer, John J McNeil, David Winlaw, Tim S Hornung, Dorothy J Radford, Leeanne E Grigg, Andrew Bullock, Gavin R Wheaton, Robert N Justo, Jayne Blake, Rachel Bishop, Karin Du Plessis, Yves d'Udekem

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY | EXCERPTA MEDICA INC-ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

We estimated the inpatient resource use for a Fontan patient from birth to adulthood and explored factors that might induce cost differences (2014 US dollar). Inpatient costing records from 4 hospitals with greatest numbers of Fontan patients in Australia and New Zealand were linked with the Fontan registry database. Inpatient records between July 1995 and September 2014 for 420 Fontan patients were linked, and the most frequent primary diagnoses were hypoplastic left heart syndrome (20.7%), tricuspid atresia (19.7%), and double inlet left ventricle (17.1%). The mean hospital cost for a Fontan patient from birth to 18 years of age was estimated to be $390,601 (95% confidence interval [CI..

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