Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Resilience and Value: Pediatric Trauma Care in Safety Net Hospitals.

American Surgeon 2024 May 21
Background: In the setting of limited funding and high expectations for quality care, safety net hospitals play a crucial role in treating pediatric trauma patients. This study aimed to compare outcomes and hospitalization costs of pediatric trauma patients in safety net hospitals across the United States. Methods: The Nationwide Readmissions Database for 2016-2020 was queried for all patients under the age of 18 years hospitalized for traumatic injury. Patients admitted to safety net hospitals were propensity matched 1:1 to all other patients. The primary outcome was mortality. The secondary outcomes were readmission within 1-year, mean length of stay (LOS), total charges, and total hospitalization costs including readmissions. Results: There were 176,325 patients meeting inclusion criteria, and 30,869 were admitted to safety net hospitals. All safety net patients were successfully matched across predictors, and 61,738 patients were included. The overall mortality rate was 1.4% (n = 834), and the mortality risk was similar in safety net hospitals (OR 1.11 [.96-1.27] P = .15). The overall readmission rate, mean LOS, and mean total cost were similar for safety net hospitals when compared to all hospitals. However, the overall mean total charge was $78,724 (±$224,884) and was lower in safety net hospitals ($76,575 [±$198,342], P = .02). Discussion: Safety net hospitals deliver comparable outcomes as other health care facilities when caring for pediatric trauma patients. Notably, these hospitals appear to undercharge for their services, despite incurring similar costs in the process. These results shed light on the resilience of safety net hospitals in delivering quality and cost-effective care.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

Related Resources

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app