The Particulars: Few studies have examined the predictors of hospital costs associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Data Breakdown: For a study, researchers analyzed information on costs for patients who suffered a moderate to severe TBI during the first 6 months of 2013. The average cost per patient, which included emergency services, was $162,523. Higher costs were associated with a lower likelihood of survival, increased hospital length of stay, and TBI caused by a mechanism other than a fall.
Take Home Pearl: The cost of hospitalization for a TBI appears to be increased when patients have a longer hospital stay, lower survival chance, and injury sustained by a fall when compared with other mechanisms.