Pulmonary failure in geriatric patients with burns: the need for a diagnosis-related group modifier.

@article{Clayton1995PulmonaryFI,
  title={Pulmonary failure in geriatric patients with burns: the need for a diagnosis-related group modifier.},
  author={Matthew C Clayton and Lynn D. Solem and David H. Ahrenholz},
  journal={The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation},
  year={1995},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={451-4}
}
One hundred eleven patients with burns who were age 60 years or older were treated from January 1984 through December 1992. Twenty-nine patients had pulmonary failure defined as 7 or more days of ventilatory support from the day of burn. The mortality rate for these patients was 41%; only four were discharged to home. The mortality rate for patients without pulmonary failure was 11%. Billing information was analyzed for 102 of the 111 patients. Charges for patients without pulmonary failure… CONTINUE READING