Hospitalization cost in infants with hypoglycaemia.

Brook T. Alemu, Hind A. Beydoun, Matthew Hoch, Bonnie Van Lunen, Muge Akpinar-Elci

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This study sought to determine the overall hospital cost estimates in neonates with hypoglycemia, compare hospital cost in premature and non-premature neonates, and identify predictors of increased hospital cost. The median (interquartile range) cost estimate in premature and non-premature neonates were $12,755 ($4,550-$30,339) and $2,360 ($1,153-$3,736), respectively. Increased cost was observed, when more than five procedures was performed during the same hospitalization (OR 10.13, 95% CI 8.67-11.83, p<0.0001), when hospital bed size were between 100 and 300 (OR 1.37, 95% CI 1.16-1.61, p=0.0002) or ≥ 400 (OR 1.65, 95% CI 1.41-1.92, p<0.0001), when hospital length of stay exceeded 15 days (OR 44.97, 95% CI 41.49-48.73, p<0.0001), in teaching hospitals (OR 1.97, 95% CI 1.82-2.13, p<0.0001), in the presence of chronic conditions (OR 2.46, 95% CI 2.27-2.66, p<0.0001), comorbidities (OR 2.11, 95% CI 1.90-2.35, p<0.0001), prematurity (OR 2.39, 95% CI 2.20-2.60, p<0.0001), and death (OR 2.95, 95% CI 2.13-4.09, p<0.0001). Neonates with hypoglycemia consumed 11% of resources associated with hospital births while accounting for only 1.5% of hospitalization. This study identified factors associated with increased cost in neonatal hypoglycemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Pediatric Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Birth complication
  • Hospital cost
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Neonates
  • Prematurity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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