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[Acute gastroenteritis: the cost of an ambulatory care sensitive condition].

Authors
  • Parada Ricart, E
  • Inoriza Belurze, J M
  • Plaja Roman, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anales de pediatría (Barcelona, Spain : 2003)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2007
Volume
67
Issue
4
Pages
368–373
Identifiers
PMID: 17949647
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

AGE was the cause of admission in 16.5 % of our patients (65 episodes, 62 patients) with two seasonal peaks (February-March and August). A causative agent was isolated in 68.6 % of the patients with a stool test (35 % rotavirus, 31.3 % Salmonella, 1.9 % Shigella). Although 74 % of the patients had mild dehydration, exclusive oral rehydration therapy was provided in very few patients: 89.2 % of the patients were treated with IV therapy and 20 % with antibiotics. The total length of stay was 206 days (mean 3.1 days). The direct medical cost was 44,254.74 euros (median 710.46 euros/patient, 95 % CI: 616.37-804.56 euros) and the main component of this cost (82.9 %) was hospitalization. Conclusions AGE was one of the main causes of hospitalization in our department. The use of oral rehydration was low. The economic and social cost was considerable.

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