Cost savings with interventions to reduce aerosolized bronchodilator use in mechanically ventilated patients

James M. Camamo, Kurt Weibel, Terence O'Keeffe, Yvonne Huckleberry, Brian J. Kopp, Conrad Diven, Brian L. Erstad

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Purpose: The purpose of this evaluation is to describe the cost savings associated with multimodal interventions aimed at reducing aerosolized bronchodilator use in mechanically ventilated patients without adversely affecting costs associated with length of stay (LOS). Materials and methods: Subjects were included in the analysis if they were aged more than 18 years, on mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit, and received aerosolized bronchodilators. Patients were excluded if they had reversible airway disease, an indication needing bronchodilator therapy. Patient data were obtained using the University Health System Consortium Clinical Data Base/Resource Manager (Chicago, IL) to compare outcomes during two 6-month periods separated by a 4-month intervention phase aimed to reduce bronchodilator use. Results: There were no significant differences in age, sex, and LOS (observed and expected) between the preintervention and postintervention phases. Based on whole acquisition costs, the total cost of bronchodilators dispensed to the adult intensive care units over the 6-month postintervention phase was reduced by $56. 960 compared with the 6-month preintervention phase ($120. 562 vs $63. 602, respectively). Conclusions: Multimodal efforts to restrict aerosolized bronchodilator therapy in mechanically ventilated patients were successful and led to sustained reductions in use that was associated with substantial reductions in cost, without affecting LOS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-816
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Bronchodilator
  • Cost savings
  • Mechanical ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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