Comparison of in-suite versus portable tunneled femoral central line placement

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Compare the cost of placing tunneled femoral central lines in the interventional radiology suite to portable bedside placement using time-driven activity-based costing” Hayatghaibi et al (2019).

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: Compare the cost of placing tunneled femoral central lines in the interventional radiology suite to portable bedside placement using time-driven activity-based costing.

METHODS: Detailed process maps were created using information generated from interviews with frontline staff, direct shadowing of patient procedures (19 patients-8 in suite, 11 portable; patient age 4 days to 37 months; 6 males, 13 females), and electronic medical record review (80 patients-44 in suite, 36 portable; patient age 1 day to 20 months; 42 males, 38 females) who underwent a tunneled femoral central line placement at a tertiary care pediatric hospital from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018. Procedures were conducted in suite using fluoroscopy guidance or portably at the patient’s bedside using ultrasound. Capacity cost rates for each resource in the process maps were calculated for personnel, equipment, facilities, and supply costs. Costs for each process step were then calculated by multiplying the capacity cost rate by the mean duration of each step. Stepwise costs were summed for the entire process to generate a cost for each tunneled femoral central line placement pathway.

RESULTS: Total pathway time for tunneled femoral central lines placement in suite was 123 to 134 min (nonsedated) and 120 to 131 min (sedated) for a cost of $923 to $990 and $1,262 to $1,386, respectively. Total pathway time for tunneled femoral central lines placed portably were 117 to 119 min (nonsedated) and 115 to 147 min (sedated) for a cost of $1,060 to $1,066 and $1,379 to $1,393, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Total costs of tunneled femoral central lines placed in suite were similar to total costs for lines placed portably. Cost should not be a primary consideration when deciding upon tunneled femoral central line approach in these patients.

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Reference:

Hayatghaibi, S.E., Chau, A., Wadler, E.G., Levine, M.H., Hernandez, A.J. and Orth, R.C. (2019) Cost Comparison of In-Suite Versus Portable Tunneled Femoral Central Line Placements in Children Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. Journal of the American College of Radiology. December 2nd. doi:10.1016/j.jacr.2019.11.004. .

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