Frequency and Cost of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Germany - Study in 12 001 Paediatric Patients

Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, 06/12/2012

In Germany, paediatric diabetic patients with diabetic ketoacidotic events (DKA) had up to 3.6–fold higher diabetes–related costs compared to those without DKA. This cost excess was higher compared to a U.S. study, however, the proportion of patients with DKA was much lower (3.8% versus 14.9%). The lower frequency of DKA in Germany may be due to a higher access to and utilization of diabetes education. Interventions should reduce DKA and resulting hospital admission in pediatric patients in order to reduce costs and improve quality of life.

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