The cost effectiveness and clinical utility of a simple, rapid, and accurate pregnancy test in the evaluation of suspected ectopic gestation were studied. The introduction of this qualitative serum assay for human chorionic gonadotropin into our outpatient department during a 1-month period was associated with a significant decrease in culdocenteses (p < 0.001), ultrasound examinations (p < 0.025), and hospital admissions (p < 0.01), with a net projected institutional reduction in health care costs of $123,000 annually.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Emergency Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1988|
- Cost effectiveness
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine