Average Complications with 1-Point Increase in Oral Mucositis Severity
Additional days with fever
Increased risk of infection
Additional days of IV nutrition
Days of narcotic treatments
Additional days in the hospital
Not only does oral mucositis lead to significant physical suffering, but it can inflict a great deal of financial pain as well. Expenses related to pain management, nutrition, and hydration support can be staggering; in one study, treatments for oral mucositis cost between $1,700 and $6,000 per patient, with additional hospital costs reaching as high as $25,000 per patient. Overall, oral mucositis costs each patient an average of $42,749 in healthcare expenses, making the mitigation of symptoms more than simply a matter of comfort or convenience – it can substantially reduce your medical expenses as well.