[abstract] IMPACT OF ON-SITE PHYSICIAN PRESENCE IN A HOSPITAL-BASED MONOPLACE HYPERBARIC UNIT

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[abstract] IMPACT OF ON-SITE PHYSICIAN PRESENCE IN A HOSPITAL-BASED MONOPLACE HYPERBARIC UNIT

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Title: [abstract] IMPACT OF ON-SITE PHYSICIAN PRESENCE IN A HOSPITAL-BASED MONOPLACE HYPERBARIC UNIT
Author: Gelly, HB; Beless, DJ; Higgins, ME; Esmond, JB
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Considerable debate exists as to the feasibility and impact of on-site physician presence in hospital-based monoplace hyperbaric oxygen units. This is a preliminary comparison of unit census during the periods of designated physician presence versus "benign neglect". METHODS: Census statistics from a hospital based monoplace hyperbaric unit were collected from January 1990 to december 1998. Comparisons were made between January 1990 - July 1991 (during which time a designated physician established the unit, prior to changing hospital venues) and July 1991 - July 1998. A dedicated hyperbaric physician assumed on-site presence July 1998. RESULTS: When a dedicated, on-site physician was present, the census was twice that of the period of "benign neglect" (P less than .0001 ANOVA). Seasonal variation was not significant over the eight-year period. CONCLUSIONS: Dedicated physician presence has a marked positive effect on census and hyperbaric utilization in a hospital-based facility. Under current reimbursement levels, the increased census makes the presence of a physician fiscally prudent.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/835
Date: 1999

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