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Hospitalisation Cost of Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Valencia (Spain) in the Period 2009–2013: A Retrospective Descriptive Analysis

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Department of Nursing and Podiatry, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Nursing and Podiatry, University of Malaga, IBIMA, 29071 Malaga, Spain
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Department of Podiatry, Catholic University of Murcia, 30107 Murcia, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1831; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091831
Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 20 August 2018 / Accepted: 22 August 2018 / Published: 24 August 2018
Ulcers are the main cause of hospitalisation and clinical complications in patients with diabetes. We analyse the length and cost of hospital stay of patients with diabetic foot ulcers, taking into consideration that hospitalisation and, if necessary, amputation represent the greatest area of expense to the healthcare system for such patients. This analysis focuses on the treatment provided to these patients in public hospitals in the region of Valencia (Spain), registered in the Spanish Minimum Basic Data Set, during the period 2009–2013. The number of acute hospital admissions in this respect is increasing and has a high socioeconomic cost. During the study period, there were over 2700 hospital admissions, an average of nearly 550 per year. The total hospital stay for these patients was 30,886 days, with an average of 11.4 days and a cost of €7633 per admission. Preventive policies and the deployment of multidisciplinary teams are essential to reduce these costs and avoid future complications such as amputation. View Full-Text
Keywords: diabetic foot; ulcers; costs; MBDS (Minimum Basic Data Set) diabetic foot; ulcers; costs; MBDS (Minimum Basic Data Set)
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Nieto-Gil, P.; Ortega-Avila, A.B.; Pardo-Rios, M.; Cobo-Najar, M.; Blasco-Garcia, C.; Gijon-Nogueron, G. Hospitalisation Cost of Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Valencia (Spain) in the Period 2009–2013: A Retrospective Descriptive Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1831.

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