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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Decubitus ulcers.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators.

Tables

2.8 Decubitus ulcers per 1,000 discharges of length 4 or more days (excluding paralysis patients and patients admitted from long-term-care facilities and neonates), by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000.

Data Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

Denominator

All non-neonatal medical and surgical hospital discharges with length of stay of 4 or more days, excluding paralysis patients and patients admitted from long-term-care facilities.

Numerator

Subset of denominator with any secondary diagnosis of decubitus ulcer (ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 707.0).

Comments

Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and DRG clusters. DRGs are Diagnosis Related Groups which identify patients with similar illnesses.

Although not all states participate in the HCUP database, it is weighted to give national estimates using weights based on all U.S. community, non-rehabilitation hospitals in the American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals.

This table was created using a beta-test version of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software dated July 2002 that differs from the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software currently available on the AHRQ Web site. This measure is referred to as indicator 3 in the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software documentation.

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