Journal article

Part II: total episode costs in a randomized, controlled trial of the effectiveness of four anesthetics.

T Jackson, PS Myles

Anesth Analg | Published : 2000

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Newer anesthetics promise improved clinical outcomes, but usually come at a higher price per dose. Previous studies have found few economic benefits in the immediate postoperative period, but have hypothesized that earlier recovery may lead to lower costs for the whole episode of hospitalization. This study uses cost data for patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled clinical trial comparing four anesthetics to test whether the higher costs of the newer anesthetics would be offset against decreased use of other hospital resources. Five hundred general surgery patients were randomly assigned to one of four anesthetic regimens. Estimates from the hospital's patient costing syst..

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