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Reimbursement summary for angioplasty of arteries of lower extremities

This post presents an extract from our reimbursement analysis for angioplasty of arteries lower extremities using plain and drug-coated balloons (DCBs) for peripheral artery disease in England, France and Germany. Plain balloon angioplasty is reimbursement via DRG solely and DCBs are reimbursement via combination of DRG and add-on reimbursement.
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Strategies preventing urinary tract infections in critical patients assessed by Spanish AQuAS

In October 2019, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) published an assessment report on evaluation strategies to prevent urinary tract infections associated with urethral/urinary catheters in critical patients in Intensive Care Units in Spain.

This work aimed to estimate the current evidence on available strategies to avoid urinary tract infections associated with the use of indwelling urethral/urinary catheters in critical hospital patients in ICUs to determine the best strategies to deal with its prevention.

The AQuAS came to the following conclusions:

  • The evidence is not absolutely conclusive, but there is scientific evidence that aims for the introduction of review measures for the indication of indwelling urethral/urinary catheters, its use in decubitus and without kinking
  • The improvement of hygiene, when inserting, handling, or withdrawing indwelling urethral/urinary catheters, would allow reducing the rates of infection / 1000 days-catheter

See the full health technology assessment report in Spanish here.

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