Care costs for infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs
Internal Medicine, Grand Rounds, Maine Medical Center
Costs and Cost Analysis, Endocarditis
-Nationally, hospitalizations for opioid abuse and related infections have increased since 2002-2012
- 301,707 to 520,275 hospitalizations for opioid abuse/dependence
- 3,421 to 6,535 hospitalizations for related infections
-Hospital charges related to IE have increased four-fold since 2002 and continue to rise.
- $15 billion for opioid use/dependence
- $700 million for related infections
-PWID are at risk for misusing PICC lines
-There may be differences in length of stay, treatment strategies, and cost for IE between PWID and non-PWID
-Few studies have investigated the economic burden of infective endocarditis in a rural state
Ramirez, Verity N., "Care costs for infective endocarditis among people who inject drugs" (2019). Grand Rounds. 38.