Cost effectiveness of an accurate and rapid assay for serum human chorionic gonadotropin in suspected ectopic pregnancy

Paul Gennis, E. John Gallagher, Frank Andersen, Leslie Hain

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-6
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1988

Keywords

  • Cost effectiveness
  • pregnancy
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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