PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 784, p10 - 12 Aug 2017 Costs of diabetic ketoacidosis high in UK Costs for the management of episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis are relatively high in the UK, according to findings of a study published in Diabetic Medicine. Data for 283 admissions in 281 adults with diabetic ketoacidosis attending hospitals in the UK who completed a national survey in 2014 were used to assess resource use and total costs associated with the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. All patients received intravenous insulin hourly until resolution of ketoacidosis. It was assumed that except for up to four hours in the emergency department initially, patients were treated in a high dependency unit or intensive care unit. Societal costs and costs of comorbidities were excluded. The mean duration of hospitalisation per episode of diabetic ketoacidosis was 5.6 days, the mean time to resolution of ketoacidosis was 22.3h, and the average cost per episode was £2064 per patient. "Given the many assumptions made it is likely that the true costs of an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis are much higher," commented the authors. "These data should be used to enable funders to plan for future costs associated with this potentially life-threatening medical emergency," they said. Dhatariya KK, et al. The cost of treating diabetic ketoacidosis in the UK: a national survey of hospital resource use. Diabetic Medicine : 20 Jul 2017. Available from: URL: http://doi.org/10.1111/dme.13427 803262339 1173-5503/17/0784-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News 12 Aug 2017 No. 784
PharmacoEconomics & Outcomes News – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 12, 2017
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