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Research Letter
August 12, 2019

Cost of Pediatric Severe Sepsis Hospitalizations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 4Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(10):986-987. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.2570

In 2005, the most recent year for which nationwide estimates are available, the total costs of pediatric severe sepsis hospitalizations were estimated at $4.8 billion ($5.8 billion in 2016 dollars).1 Since then, there has been increasing attention to severe sepsis, revision of sepsis treatment guidelines, and a growing prevalence of children with medical complexity who account for the large portion of health care expenditure, hospitalization stays, and readmissions.2,3 Thus, we sought to measure the current costs of pediatric severe sepsis and understand the association of complex chronic conditions with sepsis hospitalization costs.