Table 3

Items to test during sensitivity analysis

Ranges and thresholds


Days on ECMO

Highest & lowest observations

Length of stay in Critical Care Unit (ICU & HDU)

Highest & lowest calculated costs

Total length of stay in hospital

Highest & lowest calculated costs

Cost per day on organ support

Highest & lowest calculated costs

Distance from ECMO centre (cost of transport)

Replacing air with road transport

Change in difference in survival

Upper & lower CI of the attributable benefit

Other items with significant cost difference

Highest & lowest observations

Assumption of linear increasing utility for survivors over first 6 months

Assume constant utility at 6 month reported rate


Thalanany et al. BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:94   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-94

Open Data