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Table 2.17
Postoperative sepsis per 1000 elective-surgery discharges of longer than 3 days (excluding patients admitted for infection; patients with cancer or immunocompromised states, and obstetric conditions), United States, 2001 and 2002
    2002 2001
Population group Ratea Standard error Ratea Standard error
           
Total   11.6 0.3 10.1 0.3
           
Age 0-17 11.9 1.0 11.2 1.1
18-44 10.4 0.5 8.8 0.5
45-64 11.1 0.4 10.1 0.4
65 and over 12.8 0.4 11.0 0.4
           
Age 65-69 12.0 0.6 9.6 0.6
70-74 12.5 0.6 11.3 0.6
75-79 13.1 0.6 11.6 0.6
80-84 12.9 0.8 11.1 0.8
85 and over 14.6 1.2 11.6 1.2
           
Gender Male 11.6 0.5 10.2 0.5
Female 9.7 0.4 8.1 0.4
           
Median income of patient's ZIP Code Less than $25,000 13.8 1.0 10.7 0.9
$25,000-$34,999 12.5 0.5 10.6 0.5
$35,000-$44,999 11.4 0.4 10.1 0.4
$45,000 or more 11.1 0.3 9.8 0.4
           
Location of patient residence Metropolitan-large 12.8 0.4 11.0 0.4
Metropolitan-small 10.3 0.4 9.7 0.4
Micropolitan 10.4 0.6 8.4 0.6
Noncore 10.0 0.7 8.0 0.8
           
Expected payment source Private insurance 9.4 0.3 8.8 0.3
Medicare 13.0 0.4 10.8 0.4
Medicaid 16.2 0.8 13.6 0.8
Other insurance 9.2 0.8 9.0 0.8
Uninsured/self pay/no charge 10.5 1.4 9.7 1.4
           
Region of inpatient treatment Northeast 10.3 0.5 9.0 0.5
Midwest 11.2 0.5 8.7 0.5
South 12.9 0.4 11.8 0.4
West 10.4 0.5 9.5 0.5
           
Ownership/control of hospital Private, not-for-profit 11.5 0.3 9.9 0.3
Private, for-profit 12.6 0.6 11.5 0.6
Public 10.8 0.7 9.9 0.7
           
Teaching status of hospital Teaching 12.0 0.4 10.0 0.4
Non-teaching 11.2 0.4 10.2 0.4
           
Location of hospital Metropolitan-large 12.9 0.3 11.1 0.3
Metropolitan-small 10.1 0.4 9.3 0.4
Micropolitan 9.5 0.9 5.6 0.9
Noncore DSU DSU 7.2 1.9
           
Bed size of hospital Less than 100 8.2 0.8 7.3 0.8
100 - 299 11.5 0.4 9.7 0.4
300 - 499 11.7 0.4 10.8 0.4
500+ 12.3 0.4 10.6 0.4
           

a Estimates 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.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2001 and 2002.

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