The need to reduce the costs associated with the initial hospitalization for kidney transplantation has led to the development of outpatient facilities in which patients can be seen on a daily basis. The implementation of a kidney transplant intensive outpatient unit (IOPU) is described. Prior to the opening of the IOPU, the median and mean lengths of stay after kidney transplantation in our program were 14.0 and 18.9 d, respectively. Subsequent to the opening of the IOPU, the median and mean lengths of stay after kidney transplantation have gradually decreased and are currently 5.0 and 7.5 d, respectively. The median inpatient cost of transplantation, excluding organ acquisition charges, has decreased by 54%, from $25,516 to $11,616. Patient satisfaction has exceeded 80%. The IOPU represents an effective means of reducing the cost associated with transplantation, without sacrificing the quality of care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Oct 1 1998|
- Kidney transplantation
- Length of stay
- Outpatient unit
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