The Charges for Seizures in the Pediatric Emergency Room

A Single Center Study

Elena Caron, Catherine E. Wheless, Andrea B. Patters, James Wheless

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Background The direct charges for emergency department visits resulting from recurrent seizures are significant, and home intervention with abortive medications can be cost-saving. Over a 1-year period, we evaluated children with seizures who were seen in the emergency department, stabilized, and released. The information is necessary to assess the pharmacoeconomic advantages of at-home interventions for seizure emergencies. Methods We did a retrospective chart review of 90 patients and divided them into febrile versus nonfebrile seizures and existing versus new-onset seizure disorder. The hospital accounting department performed a charge analysis. Results and Conclusion The total charges for all 90 patients treated for seizures in the emergency department were $219,945. The minimum was $370, for a patient with no history of febrile seizures. The maximum was $17,126, for a patient with a nonfebrile seizure and a history of seizures. This information allows a comparison with the cost of preventive medications, such as diazepam rectal gel or intranasal midazolam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Hospital Emergency Service
Seizures
Pediatrics
Costs and Cost Analysis
Pharmaceutical Economics
Febrile Seizures
Midazolam
Hospital Departments
Diazepam
Epilepsy
Emergencies
Fever
Gels

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Medicine(all)

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The Charges for Seizures in the Pediatric Emergency Room : A Single Center Study. / Caron, Elena; Wheless, Catherine E.; Patters, Andrea B.; Wheless, James.

In: Pediatric Neurology, Vol. 52, No. 5, 01.05.2015, p. 517-520.

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Caron, Elena ; Wheless, Catherine E. ; Patters, Andrea B. ; Wheless, James. / The Charges for Seizures in the Pediatric Emergency Room : A Single Center Study. In: Pediatric Neurology. 2015 ; Vol. 52, No. 5. pp. 517-520.
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