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Authors Bledsoe J, Liepert AE, Allen TL, Dong L, Hemingway J, Majercik S, Gardner S, Stevens MH
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Journal Am. J. Surg. Volume: 214 Issue: 2 Pages: 198-200
Publish Date 2017 Aug
PubMed ID 28283179

Duplication of Computed Tomography (CT) scanning in trauma patients has been a source of quality waste in healthcare and potential harm for patients. Integrated and regional health systems have been shown to promote opportunities for efficiencies, cost savings and increased safety.This study evaluated traumatically injured patients who required transfer to a Level One Trauma Center (TC) from either within a vertically integrated healthcare system (IN) or from an out-of-network (OON) hospital.We found the rate of repeat CT scanning, radiology costs and total costs for day one of hospitalization to be significantly lower for trauma patients transferred from an IN hospital as compared to those patients transferred from OON hospitals.The inefficiencies and waste often associated with transferred patients can be mitigated and strategies to do so are necessary to reduce costs in the current healthcare environment. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System