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Table 2 Unit costs by component of paediatric febrile illness pathway

From: The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department

Item Unit cost
Investigations (per test)
 Amylase £6.00
 Bacterial PCR £158.00
 Bilirubin £6.00
 Biochemistry profile £8.00
 Blood albumin £6.00
 Blood glucose test £6.00
 Blood culture £35.00
 Blood gas# £7.00
 Blood taken £3.00
 Calcium profile £7.00
 Clotting screen £5.00
 Creatinine £6.00
 CRP £6.00
 CSF £6.00
 CT scan (head) £201.00
 ECG £33.00
 ENT swab £19.00
 ESR £4.00
 FBC £3.00
 Glandular fever screen £4.00
 Group and save £12.00
 LFTs £7.00
 Magnesium £6.00
 Malarial parasite test £21.00
 Measles PCR £55.00
 Meningo pneumo PCR £25.00
 Meningococci screen £6.00
 Mycoplasma SER £23.00
 Pertussis swab £9.00
 Phosphate £6.00
 Rapid Strep test £9.00
 Renal profile £46.00
 Respiratory PCR £117.00
 RSV screen £12.00
 Ultrasound £55.00
 Urinalysis# £8.00
 Urine albumin £6.00
 Urine culture# £8.00
 Urine dipstick# £6.00
 Urine sample £8.53
 Virus PCR £56.00
 X-ray £46.00
Antibiotics (per dose/course)
 Amoxicillin 125 mg (suspended)* £1.16
 Amoxicillin 125 mg (IV)* £4.34
 Amoxicillin 250 mg (susp.)* £1.33
 Cefotaxime 195 mg (IV)* £0.48
 Cefotaxime 575 mg (IV)* £0.66
Nurse time (per hour)
 Band 5 £15.43
 Band 6 £18.95
 Band 7 £22.50
 Band 8a £27.39
Doctor time (per hour)
 FY1/FY2 £24.24
 ST1-3 £30.79
 APNP £27.39
 Registrar £39.02
 Consultant £76.11
Referral to other specialties
 Surgery £178.55
 Medicine £272.74
 ENT £146.92
 Neuro £411.78
Inpatient admission
 Short stay (HRG PW20C, 3 days non-elective stay)# £1712
 Excess bed day charge# £462
  1. Unit costs provided by Alder Hey Finance Team unless otherwise stated
  2. #NHS Reference costs 2016
  3. *British National Formulary 2017