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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Postoperative wound dehiscence and postoperative wound dehiscence (area).

Measure Source

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

Tables

2.18a Postoperative abdominal wound dehiscence per 1,000 abdominopelvic-surgery discharges (excluding obstetric and neonatal conditions; based on secondary diagnoses only), by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000.

2.18b Postoperative abdominal wound dehiscence in hospital (excluding obstetric and neonatal conditions; based on principal and secondary diagnoses) per 100,000 population, 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

Table 2.18a: Inpatient hospital abdominopelvic-surgery discharges, excluding obstetric and neonatal conditions.

Table 2.18b: U. S. population.

Numerator

Table 2.18a: Non-maternal/non-neonatal abdominopelvic-surgery discharges with secondary procedure for reclosure of postoperative disruption of abdominal wall (ICD-9-CM procedure code 54.61).

Table 2.18b: Non-maternal/non-neonatal abdominopelvic-surgery discharges with any principal or secondary procedure for reclosure of postoperative disruption of abdominal wall (ICD-9-CM procedure code 54.61).

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.

These tables were 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. These measures are referred to as indicator 14 (discharge-based) and 24 (area-based) in the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software documentation.

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