Assessment of Costs of Avoidable Delays in Intensive Care Unit Discharge

Delay in transfer from intensive care unit (ICU) may contribute to strained capacity. Using a population-based patient cohort in 17 ICUs in Alberta between 2012 and 2016, this paper describes the epidemiologic features and healthcare costs attributable to potentially avoidable delays in ICU discharge. Potentially avoidable discharge delay occurred in approximately 70% of ICU patients and translated into substantial healthcare costs.

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Publication Type: Journal Articles

Year of Publication: 2020

Authors: Sean M. Bagshaw, Dat Tran, Dawn Opgenorth, Xiaoming Wang, Danny Zuege, Armann Ingolfsson, Henry T. Stelfox, Thanh Nguyen

Journal Title: JAMA Network Open