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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Death in low mortality DRGs

Measure Source

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

Table

2.2 Deaths per 1,000 admissions in low mortality DRGs (DRGs with a NIS 1997 benchmark of less than 0.5% mortality, excluding trauma, immunocompromised, and cancer patients), United States, 2001 and 2002.

Data Source

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

Denominator

Hospital admissions in low mortality DRGs (with a NIS 1997 benchmark of less than 0.5% mortality), excluding patients with any code for trauma, immunocompromised state, or cancer.

Numerator

Subset of the denominator with discharge disposition of death.

Comments

Rates 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.

Although not all States participate in the HCUP database, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 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 version 2.1, revision 2, of the AHRQ PSI software. This measure is referred to as indicator 2 in the software documentation. Further information about this and other safety and quality indicators is available from the AHRQ Quality Indicators website at http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov.

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