The impact of a postsurgical intermediate care unit on patient outcomes, length of stay, and hospital costs

Linda Ann Carrick, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Intermediate care for postoperative patients has evolved in response to the specialized needs of post-surgical patients. Studies demonstrating the impact of intermediate care units on cost effectiveness and patient outcomes are lacking. The purpose of this proposed study was to evaluate the impact of intermediate care on such patient outcomes as psychological distress as measured by the MAACL-R State Form and post-surgical complications, as well as institutional outcomes such as length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit, total length of hospitalization, and hospital charges and costs associated with intermediate care and total hospitalization. Data collection on a cohort of 180 subjects was obtained prior to the opening of an intermediate care unit. Once the intermediate care unit was in full operation, data were collected on another cohort of 215 subjects. Group comparisons using ANCOVA and non-parametric statistics were conducted to determine differences between outcomes for patients who received intermediate care and those who did not. ^

Subject Area

Business Administration, Management|Health Sciences, Nursing|Health Sciences, Health Care Management

Recommended Citation

Linda Ann Carrick, "The impact of a postsurgical intermediate care unit on patient outcomes, length of stay, and hospital costs" (January 1, 1995). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI9532152.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9532152

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