The economic cost of elective carotid endarterectomy

M. I. Patel, D. T A Hardman*, C. M. Fisher, R. Lane, M. Appleberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cost awareness and accountability for the use of health care resources have become major issues for clinicians. In order to identify the economic costs associated with carotid endarterectomy (CEA), a retrospective review of 50 elective CEA between May 1993 and April 1994 was undertaken. Despite our belief [based on the Australian National Dingnostic Related Groupings (ANDRG)]. that our resource utilization had been retined to produce a median length of stay signiticantly below the New South Wales (NSW) State average, this study has identitied several areas of non‐productive expenditure. The mean cost of CEA per patient was $7053. This figure includes non‐productive expenditure of $793 per patient in the pre‐operative period and $395 per patient in the postoperative period. If these costs, which did not contribute to patient care. were removed the mean cost of CEA would be $5865. The major causes of non‐productive resource utilization included prolonged pre‐operative stay, duplicated or omitted investigations, as well as the use of the Intensive Care Unit for patient monitoring in the postoperative period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • carotid endarterectomy
  • case management
  • critical pathway
  • investigations
  • quality assurance
  • resource utilization.


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