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Diabet Med. 1995 Sep;12(9):777-81.

The costs of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations in the Netherlands.

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Mexican American Medical Treatment Effectiveness Research Center, Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Texas 78284-7776, USA.


Diabetes mellitus is a common problem in the Netherlands and in the rest of the world. A complication seen in association with diabetes is peripheral neuropathy which can lead to lower extremity amputation. The purpose of this study is to identify the duration of hospital stay and the direct costs associated with diabetes-related lower extremity amputations in the Netherlands in 1992. Total direct costs included costs associated with hospital stay and the average procedure specific costs (surgeons' fees, anaesthetists' fees, and operating room fees) for the specific level of amputation. In the Netherlands in 1992, 1575 hospitalizations for 1810 diabetes-related lower extremity amputations occurred. The total number of days in the hospital for the diabetic population was 65,778 days with a mean of 41.8 days per hospitalization. Mean costs associated with diabetes-related hospitalizations for amputation were pounds 10,531 (Dfl. 28,433) per hospitalization. Persons who underwent multiple amputations during their hospitalization stayed in the hospital longer and the costs associated with these hospitalizations were higher when compared to hospitalization with a single amputation. An increase in length of stay and costs with increasing age and higher level of amputation was identified.

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