Effect of a Medical Toxicology Admitting Service on Length of Stay, Cost, and Mortality Among Inpatients Discharged with Poisoning-Related Diagnoses

@article{Curry2014EffectOA,
  title={Effect of a Medical Toxicology Admitting Service on Length of Stay, Cost, and Mortality Among Inpatients Discharged with Poisoning-Related Diagnoses},
  author={Steven C. Curry and Daniel E. Brooks and Aaron B. Skolnik and Richard D. Gerkin and Stuart B. Glenn},
  journal={Journal of Medical Toxicology},
  year={2014},
  volume={11},
  pages={65-72}
}
There are no published studies that have compared quality outcomes of hospitalized poisoned patients primarily under the care of physician medical toxicologists to patients treated by non-toxicologists. We hypothesized that inpatients primarily cared for by medical toxicologists would exhibit shorter lengths of stay (LOS), lower costs, and decreased mortality. Patients discharged in 2010 and 2011 from seven hospitals within the same health care system and greater metropolitan area with Medicare… CONTINUE READING
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