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Table 2 Definition and quantification of constants

From: Cost comparison of MRSA screening and management – a decision tree analysis

Constant Description Value References
T PCR turn-around time of PCR method in days 0.29 in-house data
T cul turn-around time of culture method in days 2.5 in-house data
C PCR costs for a single PCR test 20.50 € [14]
C cul pos costs for a single culture test with positive result 24.10 € [14]
C cul neg costs for a single culture test with negative result 6.40 € [14]
C f costs for follow-up screening 6.40 € As follow-up screening in the majority of cases leads to a negative result, costs for negative culture tests are assessed
C c costs for screening a contact patient 6.40 € As follow-up screening in the majority of cases leads to a negative result, costs for negative culture tests are assessed
Pat c number of contact patients 2 Calculation based on in-house data
LOS reg average length of stay of regular patients in days 8 Federal Statistical Office [15]
Pat t number of total inpatients per year 35,322 in-house data
Pat r number of high-risk patients per year 4,367 in-house data
Pat n.i. number of patients without indication for a targeted screening per year 30,955 in-house data
C MRSA ici costs for MRSA caused by incomplete MRSA carrier identification