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Table 7 LOS distribution for patients with postoperative infections

From: Pharmaco-economic evaluation of antibiotic therapy strategies in DRG-based healthcare systems - a new approach

  1. Although the national ALOS of these DRGs is 21.9 days (indicating that the DRG-reimbursement is higher than the hospital average) only 50% of these patients can be discharged before ALOS. That means half of the patients cost presumably more than the hospital is being reimbursed for.