The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Critical Care is Expensive Care

C. Jeffrey Hoydu, Monday, December 8, 1997.

As hospital in-patient critical care days increase and third-party reimbursement continues to decrease, it is imperative that facilities develop strategies and implement plans that will allow them to maximize their resource utilization while minimizing their costs without compromising the quality of patient care. Resources can be defined as "whatever is available to achieve a goal"; including protocols and practice guidelines (quality), personnel (typically 80% of all costs), equipment (cost of ownership/use) and outcome monitoring (quality). Options will be discussed, outlining strategies from a 305 bed pediatric tertiary care facility/regional health system.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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