To develop, implement and evaluate an integrated care pathway for patients presenting with pneumothorax
Background and purpose: Pneumothorax is a common presentation to acute healthcare services in Ireland, however there is wide variation in management approaches between centres. There is robust evidence to demonstrate that ambulatory management of pneumothorax is feasible and safe. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the implementation of an integrated care pathway (ICP) for pneumothorax patients with a focus on ambulatory care would be economically beneficial for the healthcare system.
Methods: This study developed, implemented and evaluated an ICP for all patients presenting with pneumothorax, with a specific focus on ambulatory management for suitable patients. The ICP was designed to be utilised in the Irish healthcare setting, and was evaluated using a prospective multi-centre observational study, with a rigorous economic analysis at the centre of study design.
Main findings: Implementation of the ICP resulted in a statistically significant reduction in inpatient length of stay of 2.84 days from 7.4 to 4.56 days (p = 0.001). The incremental per patient cost reduction of treating a patient according to the pneumothorax ICP was 2314 euro. There were no adverse events related to drain insertion at the study sites.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates therefore that standardisation of care for pneumothorax patients with a focus on ambulatory management are economically beneficial for the publicly-funded healthcare service. It is envisaged that this work will be used to inform healthcare policy at a national level across Ireland.
National Doctors in Training department of the Health Services Executive of Ireland
CommentsThe original article is available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/
Published CitationShanahan B, et al. To develop, implement and evaluate an integrated care pathway for patients presenting with pneumothorax. Surgeon. 2023;21(1):40-47.
Publication Date20 March 2022
- School of Population Health
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