Surgical Site Infections and their economic significance in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery: A retrospective incidence, cost, and reimbursement analysis in a German centre of the highest level of care

Frank Werner Brennfleck, Tanja Bachmeier, Wolfgang Simet, Florian Zeman, Henrik Horst Gerhard Junger, Hans Jürgen Schlitt, Marc‐Hendrik Dahlke, Stefan Martin Brunner
Surgical site infections (SSI) in open Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery are common complications. They worsen patients' outcomes and prolong hospital stays. Their economic significance in the German diagnosis related groups (DRG) system is mostly unknown. To investigate their economic importance, we evaluated all cases for SSIs as well as clinical and financial parameters undergoing surgery in our centre from 2015 and 2016. Subsequently, we carried out a cost-revenue calculation by
more » ... our billing data and the cost matrix of the InEK (German Institute for the Payment System in Hospitals). A total of 13.5% of the patients developed a superficial, 9% a deep incisional, and 2.4% of the patients an organ space SSI. Compared with Patients without SSI, Patients with SSI had more comorbidities, were older, and their average length of stay was extended by 19 days (P
doi:10.5283/epub.47735 fatcat:gsyqhxesqvaz5hxaapuzu4jd6m