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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2020034807
pages 311-316

Polytrauma: Treatment, Cost, and Associated Factors

Dimitra Petroudi
Registered Nurse, Attikon University Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
I. Tsagkaris
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Critical Care, Athens, Greece
Dimitrios Mastrokalos
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Athens, Greece
I. Galanopoulos
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thriasio General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
P. Galanis
RN, PhD, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Public Health, Athens, Greece
P. Papagelopoulos
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Athens, Greece
V. Kontogeorgakos
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Athens, Greece


Trauma is a multifactor problem with economic, social, and political burdens. In this article, we estimate its economic extension. This 3-yr study includes 69 patients above 14 yr of age, who experienced multiple traumatic injuries. We review their economic impact on the National Health System of Greece. Mean patient age is 38.91 yr, and most are male (85.5%), nonsmoking (69.6%), and without open fractures (78.3%). As a result of their injuries, most patients (76.8%) stayed in the intensive care unit (ICU), underwent surgery (76.8%), were transfused (68.1%), and became infected (63.8%). Mean cost was 16,365.65€, median cost 10,399.07€, minimum value 554.17€, and maximum value 89,243.52€. Of the 69 patients, 12 died. The number of polytrauma patients is relatively small compared to the total amount of patients in hospital care, but their impact on health services is very high. Patients admitted to the ICU are at great risk of infection, which can almost triple financial cost and increase hospital stay.


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