(From the September 2013 Issue of MedStat)
In a recent study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s found that pediatric trauma patients with preexisting chronic conditions have longer hospital stays, higher hospital charges and an increased mortality risk. While similar findings have been seen in the adult population, this is the first study to show that pediatric patients with preexisting chronic conditions who are hospitalized after trauma also face greater challenges in their recovery. This study authored by Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s, calls for further research into treatment guidelines for pediatric trauma patients with chronic conditions and reimbursement adjustments for those providing medical care to these patients
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