Table 4—

Total ulcer-related costs per episode by progression of severity*

Presenting severity levelOutcome severity level
Progressed to higher severity
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4/5NoYesP
Level 1
    Mean$1,892$6,436$11,830$18,898$1,892$14,009
    SD$8,972$18,721$22,456$32,168$8,972$27,523
    Median$324$604$3,064$4,940$324$2,813
    n7538173158753312<0.0001
Level 2
    Mean$3,848$19,641$35,695$3,848$30,381
    SD$9,926$39,595$63,086$9,926$56,766
    Median$475$4,370$15,945$475$10,709
    n3414897341145<0.0001
Level 3
    Mean$9,083$30,528$9,083$30,528
    SD$18,018$44,699$18,018$44,699
    Median$1,725$11,722$1,725$11,722
    n10241102410.005
All
    Mean$3,063$20,136
    SD$10,501$40,392
    Median$374$4,471
    n1,196498<0.0001
  • *

    * Costs for patients who presented with severity level 1, 2, or 3. Total ulcer-related costs for patients presenting as severity level 4/5 averaged $28,626 ± $51,145 (median $10,921).

  • Comparison of the mean costs for episodes among patients who progressed to a higher severity level versus patients who did not progress.