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Table 3 Characteristics and estimated costs of public hospital discharge episodes with above-average length of stay

From: The cost of hospital-acquired complications for older people with and without dementia; a retrospective cohort study

  Complication acquired No complication acquired Whole sample
Dementia No dementia Total Dementia No dementia Total Dementia No dementia Total
Characteristics Group Rate (hospital episodes)# 5,176 17,133 22,309 13,584 121,285 134,869 18,760 138,418 157,178
Mean Charlson Score# 1.1 1.7 1.6 0.9 1.1 1.1 1 1.2 1.1
Mean Cost Weight#^ 2.5 3.3 3.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 2 1.8 1.9
Means Mean Study LOS (days)# 23.1 23.5 23.4 18.2 12.1 12.7 19.5 13.5 14.2
Mean State LOS (days)^ 10.9 11.5 11.3 8.4 6.3 6.5 9.1 6.9 7.2
Mean Extra LOS (days)#^ 12.2 12 12 9.7 5.8 6.2 10.4 6.6 7
Mean Cost (A$)#^ $19,873 $23,803 $22,891 $15,154 $11,793 $12,132 $16,457 $13,280 $13,659
Totals Total LOS (days)# 119,512 401,844 521,356 247,096 1,469,720 1,716,816 366,608 1,871,564 2,238,172
Total Cost (A$)#^ $102,863,592 $407,811,537 $510,675,130 $205,861,352 $1,430,365,193 $1,636,226,545 $308,724,944 $1,838,176,730 $2,146,901,675
Above-average length of stay Total Above-Average LOS (days)#^ 63,277 204,755 268,032 132,327 707,118 839,444 195,604 911,873 1,107,476
Mean Episode Cost of Above-Average LOS (A$)#^ $9,580 $10,284 $10,120 $7,428 $4,843 $5,103 $8,022 $5,516 $5,875
Total Cost of Above-Average LOS (A$)#^ $49,585,461 $176,188,003 $225,773,464 $100,903,070 $587,382,179 $688,285,249 $150,488,531 $763,570,182 $914,058,713
  1. #Study data ^State data #^Derived from State and Study data A$ All costs in Australian Dollars (2007).
  2. Above-Average LOS = Length of stay longer than the all-ages state average for the patient's DRG, LOS = length of stay.