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Economic burden of drug use in patients with acute burns: experience in a developing country.

Ogundipe KO, Adigun IA, Solagberu BA - J Trop Med (2009)

Bottom Line: Conclusion.Most of the money is spent on prescribed antibiotics.Measures that reduce antibiotics use in burn management might relief patients of the huge economic burden associated with its use.

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Affiliation: Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, 240001 Ilorin, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT
Background/Objective. Burn injury is a devastating injury. The economic drain on the patient's purse is equally devastating. Few studies have examined the cost of managing burn patients particularly the drug component. Methods. The financial implication of drug use in the management of 69 consecutive patients admitted by the burn unit over a period of two years was retrospectively analysed. Results. Thirty-six (52.2%) patients were males and 33 (47.8%) females with a mean age of 17.9 years (SD = 18.4). The patients spent an average sum of $91.21 to procure drugs; 84.3% of the costs were for antibiotics, 11.1% for analgesics, and 4.6% for others. Conclusion. Significant amount of money is spent on the procurement of drugs. Most of the money is spent on prescribed antibiotics. Measures that reduce antibiotics use in burn management might relief patients of the huge economic burden associated with its use.

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Sex and age distribution of patients.
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fig1: Sex and age distribution of patients.

Mentions: Of the 69 burn patients that were admitted during the period under review, 36 (52.2%) were male and 33 (47.8%) were females giving a male to female ratio of 1.1 : 1. Though the mean age was 17.9 years with a standard deviation of 18.4years (range 1 month to 68 years), 30 (43.5%) of the patients were less than 10 years old, and only 7 (10.1%) were 50 years and above (Figure 1). Twenty (29.0%), 17 (24.7%), 13 (18.8%), 4 (5.8%), 12 (17.4%) and 3 (4.3%) patients had burns involving 0–9, 10–19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50 and above percent burnt surface area (BSA) respectively (Figure 2). The mean body surface area burnt was 21.5%. The burns were partial thickness in 59 (85.5%) and full thickness in 10 (14.5%) patients.


Economic burden of drug use in patients with acute burns: experience in a developing country.

Ogundipe KO, Adigun IA, Solagberu BA - J Trop Med (2009)

Sex and age distribution of patients.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Sex and age distribution of patients.
Mentions: Of the 69 burn patients that were admitted during the period under review, 36 (52.2%) were male and 33 (47.8%) were females giving a male to female ratio of 1.1 : 1. Though the mean age was 17.9 years with a standard deviation of 18.4years (range 1 month to 68 years), 30 (43.5%) of the patients were less than 10 years old, and only 7 (10.1%) were 50 years and above (Figure 1). Twenty (29.0%), 17 (24.7%), 13 (18.8%), 4 (5.8%), 12 (17.4%) and 3 (4.3%) patients had burns involving 0–9, 10–19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50 and above percent burnt surface area (BSA) respectively (Figure 2). The mean body surface area burnt was 21.5%. The burns were partial thickness in 59 (85.5%) and full thickness in 10 (14.5%) patients.

Bottom Line: Conclusion.Most of the money is spent on prescribed antibiotics.Measures that reduce antibiotics use in burn management might relief patients of the huge economic burden associated with its use.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, 240001 Ilorin, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT
Background/Objective. Burn injury is a devastating injury. The economic drain on the patient's purse is equally devastating. Few studies have examined the cost of managing burn patients particularly the drug component. Methods. The financial implication of drug use in the management of 69 consecutive patients admitted by the burn unit over a period of two years was retrospectively analysed. Results. Thirty-six (52.2%) patients were males and 33 (47.8%) females with a mean age of 17.9 years (SD = 18.4). The patients spent an average sum of $91.21 to procure drugs; 84.3% of the costs were for antibiotics, 11.1% for analgesics, and 4.6% for others. Conclusion. Significant amount of money is spent on the procurement of drugs. Most of the money is spent on prescribed antibiotics. Measures that reduce antibiotics use in burn management might relief patients of the huge economic burden associated with its use.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus