Skip Navigation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Agency for Healthcare Research Quality www.ahrq.gov
Archive print banner
2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.

Table 2.17: Postoperative sepsis per 1000 elective-surgery discharges of longer than 3 daysa, trends 1994-2001 and by patient and hospital characteristics, 2001, United States

  Adjusted rateb
Trends Estimate Standard error
     
    Total United States, 2001 10.079 0.227
    Total United States, 2000 10.933 0.225
    Total United States, 1997 5.180 0.325
    Total United States, 1994c 0.635 0.356
     
2001 adjusted rateb
Population group Estimate Standard error
     
Patient characteristic    
Age groups for conditions affecting any age    
    0-17 3.227 1.531
    18-44 2.984 0.789
    45-64 7.686 0.509
    65 and over 10.197 0.447
     
Age groups for conditions affecting primarily elderly    
    65-69 9.029 0.656
    70-74 10.680 0.633
    75-79 10.664 0.672
    80-84 10.348 0.854
    85 and over 10.337 1.229
     
Gender    
    Male 10.008 0.369
    Female 8.499 0.312
     
Median income of patient ZIP Code    
    Less than $25,000 10.797 0.922
    $25,000-$34,999 10.593 0.442
    $35,000-$44,999 10.057 0.399
    $45,000 or more 9.753 0.301
     
Location of patient residence    
    Metropolitan 10.481 0.245
    Micropolitan 8.456 0.599
    Non-Core 8.325 0.729
     
Expected payment source    
    Private insurance 8.686 0.307
    Medicare 11.092 0.338
    Medicaid 12.484 0.880
    Other insurance 8.403 0.851
    Uninsured / self pay / no charge 8.707 1.439
     
Hospital characteristic    
Location of inpatient treatment    
    Northeast 8.523 0.449
    Midwest 8.802 0.419
    South 11.706 0.342
    West 9.959 0.460
     
Ownership/control    
    Private, not-for-profit 9.840 0.250
    Private, for-profit 12.029 0.559
    Public 9.640 0.646
     
Teaching status    
    Teaching 9.455 0.334
    Non-teaching 10.492 0.277
     
Location of hospital    
    Metropolitan 10.321 0.234
    Micropolitan 7.198 0.779
    Noncore 8.541 1.474
     
Bedsize    
    Less than 100 8.484 0.738
    100 - 299 10.124 0.339
    300 - 499 10.798 0.361
    500+ 9.560 0.427
     

aDenominator excludes patients admitted for infection; patients with cancer or immunocompromised states, and obstetric conditions.

bRates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and DRG clusters. When reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender, comorbidities, and DRG clusters; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age, comorbidities, and DRG clusters.

cFor 1994, rate biased in unknown direction because some codes used to exclude discharges (diagnoses 569.61, 574.80, 574.81 and procedures 52.85, 52.86) in the numerator and denominator became effective after 1994 and before 1997.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

 

The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.

 

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care