The Estimated Magnitude and Direct Hospital Costs of Prosthetic Joint Infections in the United States, 1997 to 2004

Matthew Hellmann, Supriya D. Mehta, David M Bishai, Simon C. Mears, Jonathan Mark Zenilman

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Abstract

To estimate the number and cost of prosthetic joint infection hospitalizations in civilian US hospitals, we analyzed the 1997 to 2004 National Hospital Discharge Survey for the 996.66 International Classification of Diseases discharge code (infection or inflammatory reaction secondary to internal joint prosthesis). The annual number of such hospitalizations averaged 17 589 from 1997 to 2000 and 29 225 from 2001 to 2004. The annual adjusted diagnostic-related group cost for such infection increased from $195 million to $283 million (1997-2004). The mean diagnostic-related group reimbursement ($9034 per hospitalization) did not vary over time or by comorbidity. The nearly doubled number of prosthetic joint infection-related hospitalizations may have been caused by an increased implant rate, changes in patient population, implant procedures, or causative organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)766-771
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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Health Care Surveys
Costs and Cost Analysis
International Classification of Diseases
Comorbidity
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Keywords

  • Cost
  • Hospitalization
  • Infection
  • National Hospital Discharge Survey
  • Total joint arthroplasty

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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The Estimated Magnitude and Direct Hospital Costs of Prosthetic Joint Infections in the United States, 1997 to 2004. / Hellmann, Matthew; Mehta, Supriya D.; Bishai, David M; Mears, Simon C.; Zenilman, Jonathan Mark.

In: Journal of Arthroplasty, Vol. 25, No. 5, 08.2010, p. 766-771.

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