Term: Level of Comorbidity and Complications

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26

Definition:

An indicator measuring the impact on hospital resources of a case, based on the "complexity" of hospital care required to treat patients. Using the RDRG® program, patients are classified into 3 levels of complexity:

  1. those where comorbidity and complications were likely to have no or only minor impact on hospital resource use (low);
  2. those in which comorbidity and complications were likely to have a moderate impact; and
  3. those conditions where comorbidity and complications were likely to have a major impact (high).

    The final category includes a "catastrophic" category for surgical cases.

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References 

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