Delirium led to higher health care costs after major elective surgery

Delirium and severe delirium after major elective surgery led to significantly higher health care costs, with most costs attributed to the first 90 days of care, according to published results.Tammy T. Hshieh, MD, MPH, and colleagues examined cumulative and period-specific costs among 497 patients who did (n=122) and those who did not (n=375) develop delirium after major elective surgery. Researchers determined total inflation-adjusted health care costs using data from Medicare administrative claims files for the 2010 to 2014 period. Using the confusion assessment method, researchers ratedRead More

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