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Table 2 Estimated cost and length of stay with and without complications: results using 2008 HCUP NIS data a

From: Immunonutrition for patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer: impact on hospital costs

Input variable With complications (SD) Without complications (SD) With or without complications (SD)
Upper and lower GI combined, N = 95,198; Infectious Complication rate, 11.2%
Cost per day    $2,948 ($2,642)
Cost per stay $53,361 ($62,039) $20,406 ($21,541) $24,096 ($30,838)
Length of stay 18.24 (16.25) 7.43 (4.99) 8.64 (7.96)
Upper and Lower GI Combined, N = 95,198, Infectious + Other Complication Rate = 20.8%
Cost per day    $2,948 ($2,642)
Cost per stay $41,119 ($52,420) $19,628 ($19,580) $24,096 ($30,838)
Length of stay 14.81 (13.41) 7.02 (4.49) 8.64 (7.96)
Upper GI only, N = 11,291; Infectious Complication rate, 17.1%
Cost per day    $3,773 ($4,733)
Cost per stay $85,451 ($89,124) $34,194 ($37,964) $42,895 ($53,988)
Length of stay 25.03 (19.92) 10.11 (6.32) 12.65 (12.61)
Lower GI only, N = 83,974; Infectious Complication rate, 10.4%
Cost per day    $2,838 ($2,167)
Cost per stay $46,320 ($51,728) $18,697 ($17,764) $21,572 ($25,147)
Length of stay in days 16.75 (14.48) 7.09 (4.42) 8.10 (6.93)
  1. Abbreviations: NIS Â Nationwide Inpatient Sample; GI gastrointestinal; HCUP Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; SD standard deviation.
  2. a Costs in flated from 2008 dollars to 2010 using the medical care component of the US Consumer Price Index.