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Financial burden extends to nonmedical.

Families with children admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit incur significant nonmedical, out-of-pocket expenses and demonstrate work absenteeism and inability to perform daily activities, with the lowest income brackets bearing the highest burden, according to a study at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

When children are admitted, absenteeism across all families is 78 days, with high levels of distraction noted in those who do work due to the emotional stress of having a child in the PICU in addition to financial stressors.

"The study found several strategies families use to reduce these nonmedical out-of-pocket expenses, including skipping meals, keeping a car at the hospital to use as a storage place for food and clothing, and choosing to sleep at the hospital with a child to avoid additional costs of food and travel," says Natan Noviski, chief of Pediatric Critical Care.

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Title Annotation:Pediatric ICU
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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