The relationship between labour cost per patient and the size of intensive care units: A multicentre prospective study

Guido Bertolini, Carlotta Rossi, Luca Brazzi, Danilo Radrizzani, Giancarlo Rossi, Enrico Arrighi, Bruno Simini

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Abstract

Objective: We examined the relationship between major ICU characteristics and labour cost per patient. Design: Four-week prospective data collection, in which the hours spent by each physician and nurse on both in-ICU and extra-ICU activities were collected. Setting: Eighty Italian adult ICUs. Measurements and results: The cost of the time actually spent by ICU staff on ICU patients (labour cost) was computed for each participating unit, by applying to the average annual salaries the proportions of in-ICU activity working time for physicians and nurses. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify ICU characteristics that predict labour costs per patient. Labour cost per patient was positively correlated with ICU mortality and patients average length of stay (slopes =0.67, p =0.048 and 0.09, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2307-2311
Number of pages5
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Volume29
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Multicenter Studies
Intensive Care Units
Prospective Studies
Costs and Cost Analysis
Nurses
Physicians
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Length of Stay
Regression Analysis
Mortality

Keywords

  • Costs and cost analysis
  • Health care costs
  • Health resources
  • Intensive care
  • Intensive care unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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The relationship between labour cost per patient and the size of intensive care units : A multicentre prospective study. / Bertolini, Guido; Rossi, Carlotta; Brazzi, Luca; Radrizzani, Danilo; Rossi, Giancarlo; Arrighi, Enrico; Simini, Bruno.

In: Intensive Care Medicine, Vol. 29, No. 12, 12.2003, p. 2307-2311.

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Bertolini, Guido ; Rossi, Carlotta ; Brazzi, Luca ; Radrizzani, Danilo ; Rossi, Giancarlo ; Arrighi, Enrico ; Simini, Bruno. / The relationship between labour cost per patient and the size of intensive care units : A multicentre prospective study. In: Intensive Care Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 29, No. 12. pp. 2307-2311.
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