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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2001 Sep 1;64(1):117-20.

Injection drug users: hospital care and charges.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI 02903, USA. michael_stein@brown.edu

Abstract

Injection drug users have high rates of hospital use, however, the specific contribution of injection-related infections to hospitalization has never been determined. After reviewing 92 consecutive admissions of HIV-negative injection drug users to Rhode Island Hospital in 1998, we found that 49% were related to infections and an additional 24% were due to the biological effects of the injected drug. Admissions that were for injection-related infections were significantly more costly than other admissions of injection drug users ($13958 vs. $7906). We conclude that considerable savings may result from preventative care of this population, including instruction in skin-cleaning techniques.

PMID:
11470348
DOI:
10.1016/s0376-8716(00)00235-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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