Table 3

NICU and ward patients’ CRP-related outcomes and costs
CRP-related variables NICU Ward
Baseline CRP (mg/L) Mean (SD) = 5.5 (10.1) Mean (SD) = 65.9 (85.8)
Median = 1.6 Median = 31.2
Range = 0.1 – 68.4 Range = 0.4-512.2
Total No. of CRP tests requested/case Mean (SD) = 2.9 (2.7) Mean = 1.7 (1.0)
Median = 2 Median = 1.0
Range = 1-12 Range = 1 - 6
Overall No. of EB-CRP tests (%) 144/263 (54.8%) 71/254 (28%)
Overall No. of clinical decisions affected by CRP (%) 34/263 (12.9%) 76/254 (29.9%)
CRP overall cost/year ($) 12,799.3 12,517
CRP overall cost/case ($) Mean (SD) = 140.7 (131.7) Mean (SD) = 82.3 (48.4)
Median = 97.3 Median = 49.3
Range = 48.7 – 584.0 Range = 48.7 – 292.0
% Hospital bill due to CRP 1.1% 3.34%
Non-EB CRP overall cost/year ($) 5986.0 8868.7
Non-EB CRP overall cost/case ($) Mean (SD) = 65.8 (64.6) Mean (SD) = 58.3 (46.6)
Median = 48.7 Median = 48.7
Range = 0.0 – 292.0 Range = 0.0 – 292.0
% CRP cost due to non-EB tests/year 46.8% 70.8%
Cost of additional health care due to non-EB CRP/case ($) ___ Mean (SD) = 44.7 (262.8)
Median = 0.0
Range = 0.0 – 2354.7
Overall cost due to non-EB CRP and additional health care/year ($) 5986.0 15,662
% Hospital bill due to non-EB CRP and additional costs/year 1.6% 4.2%

No.: number; EB: evidence-based; non-EB: non-evidence-based.

Nabulsi et al.

Nabulsi et al. BMC Pediatrics 2012 12:140   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-140

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