Does anyone know the average cost per day to patient for ICU?

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    Does anyone know the average cost per day per patient for staying in the icu? I heard its around $10,000.
    I'm trying to gather facts.

    thanks,
    your fellow icu nurse!
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    Somewhere around there....for a 24 hour period. If you add in a vent and drips it can easily double. A vent runs about 1200-1500 a day. Consider that a bad of Cardene may run$500 or more. Saving someones life and sending them home to their family is expensive.
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    I know that just for a patient (non-isolation) to occupy one of our ICU rooms, they are charged something like $900 a day. That doesn't include anything else but the room. Throw in monitoring, a vent, pumps, drips, labs, lines, x-rays, meds, and other misc. charges, and it's easily over $5K. $10K doesn't sound too far off... it really just depends on what's wrong with the patient and if they're having complications or not.
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    In my facility, an incintive spirometer is $250, Pulse ox is $150, admission kit is $150, IV tubing is $80, one dose of 650 mg of Tylenol is $10.
    I was always told ICU rooms are averaging $10,000 to $20,000 per 24 hours
    We are a non-for-profit facility and made $110 million last year.
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    In my hospital its need btw 500$ to 2000$ in 24 hrs if ther is no sugical interventions
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    Quote from bucknangler
    In my facility, an incintive spirometer is $250
    What?! At my facility they cost maybe $10.
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    Quote from sicushells
    What?! At my facility they cost maybe $10.
    Nothing in ICU is $10. Oh...maybe a Q-tip.
    I have to laugh at this thread. My husband was in a CCU 16 years ago and he got charged $37 for a "urinary care kit."
    He was never catheterized. All he got was a plastic urinal.
    Gotta love it.
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    Let me give you an idea of cost. In San Jose Ca, where I worked in the hospital in the ER, i developed a severe stomach ache after eating shrimp... went to my ED I received 4mg Zofran, 2 liters NS, had my blood drawn and got an ABD CT and left 4 hours later.... what was my bill $16,583. I could have stayed home and bought a really nice used car. The same CT scan in Alabama cost 3k where in Ca is cost 7k. Same machine. Hospitals charge what ever they can get away with. That is why some of the worste MD's are allowed to practice because they make the hospital money through felonious charges.
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    The cost would be different based on location of facility and the state. Utah less than Calif. HMO"s cost will depend on contractual agreement. No easy answer, you will need to list facility and then contact finance department for cost. Medical records or HIS also can typically run these reports. Some hospitals might be reluctant to share the information so start with the facility where you work use contacts there. HIS would be the quickest route get info. Ask them to run a report by diagnosis code including cost. Each disease process will cost out differently. Hope this helps.
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    I did some research on this a while back - very interesting problem.

    First, there is a difference between cost and price. Cost is what the hospital pays for staffing, diagnostics (including capital costs), therapeutics, and "hotel" costs ie the laundry. Price is what the hospital bills.

    A couple researchers looked at this (name forgotten, sorry) and wrote a good paper on it. My limited memory tells me that costs for the first two days in the icu average about 10k per day. After that it starts to decease,such that in most cases the last day in the icu is about 2k or so. If you do a search on google scholar you should be able to find the paper.


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