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TABLE 2

Cost per Day and Other Unit Costs

A$
For Trial Scenario, Length of Stays Available  
 Cost per day in special care nurseries, no escalation of care  
  The initial special care nursery episodea 1613 
  Other special care nursery episode if down transferredb 1545 
 Cost per day in a tertiary hospitalc 1772 
 Cost of interhospital transfer, flat rate  
  Road  
   Emergency, metropolitan 1265 
   Emergency, regional 1866 
   Nonemergency, metropolitan 341 
   Nonemergency, regional 577 
  Air  
   Fixed wing 2242 
   Rotary 11 280 
For hypothetical scenario, length of stays for hypothesized escalation of care unknown  
 Cost of hospital stay per intubation, no NICU transferd 16 467 
 Cost of hospital stay per NICU transfer, no intubatione 54 123 
 Cost of hospital stay with both intubation and transfer to NICUf 41 575 
For prerandomization CPAP consumables  
 Hudson bubble CPAP (F&P BC151-10 Circuit and TeleFlex Hudson prongs) 123.10 
 Fisher & Paykel Midline bubble CPAP (F&P Midline Circuit and interface) 122.57 
A$
For Trial Scenario, Length of Stays Available  
 Cost per day in special care nurseries, no escalation of care  
  The initial special care nursery episodea 1613 
  Other special care nursery episode if down transferredb 1545 
 Cost per day in a tertiary hospitalc 1772 
 Cost of interhospital transfer, flat rate  
  Road  
   Emergency, metropolitan 1265 
   Emergency, regional 1866 
   Nonemergency, metropolitan 341 
   Nonemergency, regional 577 
  Air  
   Fixed wing 2242 
   Rotary 11 280 
For hypothetical scenario, length of stays for hypothesized escalation of care unknown  
 Cost of hospital stay per intubation, no NICU transferd 16 467 
 Cost of hospital stay per NICU transfer, no intubatione 54 123 
 Cost of hospital stay with both intubation and transfer to NICUf 41 575 
For prerandomization CPAP consumables  
 Hudson bubble CPAP (F&P BC151-10 Circuit and TeleFlex Hudson prongs) 123.10 
 Fisher & Paykel Midline bubble CPAP (F&P Midline Circuit and interface) 122.57 

The unit costs presented here were used in the primary analysis. Some unit costs were reestimated in the sensitivity analysis on the basis of the redefined sample.

a

Cost per day was presented as a reference and was not used in the analysis, because administrative cost data for the initial episodes were used directly.

b

Used when there were down transfers to nonenrolled special care nurseries.

c

Used when there were tertiary NICU stays in conjunction with the recorded tertiary length of stay.

d

5 infants (0.7% of the per-protocol population) were intubated and treated with surfactant at the enrollment special care nurseries but not transferred.

e

19 infants (2.8% of the per-protocol population) were transferred for nonrespiratory reasons and were never intubated.

f

This scenario appears to be cheaper than transfer only on average, reflecting that infants who received transfer only may have nonrespiratory anomalies requiring longer length of stay.

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