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J Trauma. 1997 Nov;43(5):752-8.

Cost-effective method for bedside insertion of vena caval filters in trauma patients.

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Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 37212, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The need for patient transport for inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement impacts patient safety, comfort, charges, and nursing care. Bedside, ultrasound-guided IVC filter placement may offer an acceptable, cost-effective alternative.

METHODS:

Prospective cohort study of 55 consecutive trauma patients requiring IVC filter placement. During a 13-month period (August of 1995-September of 1996), patients meeting criteria for IVC filter were evaluated. Complications were recorded, and the potential financial savings were determined.

RESULTS:

Of 3,172 trauma admissions, 55 patients met IVC filter criteria and 49 patients had IVC filters placed under ultrasound guidance. In six patients (10.9%), ultrasound guided filter placement failed. There were four complications in four patients (8.2%). Over 13 months, charges were reduced by $69,800 when compared with radiology suite placement and $118,300 when compared with operative placement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ultrasound guided, bedside placement of IVC filters is a safe, cost-effective method of pulmonary embolism prophylaxis in select trauma patients.

PMID:
9390485
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