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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.1
Composite of postoperative pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and venous thromboembolic events, United States, 2004a
    2004
Population group Exposed Adverse events Percent Standard error
Total 5752 360 6.3 0.3
Age Under 65 822 50 6.1 0.8
65-74 2312 109 4.7 0.4
75-84 2004 153 7.6 0.6
85 and over 614 48 7.8 1.1
Gender Female 3198 211 6.6 0.4
Male 2554 149 5.8 0.5
Race Black 399 36 9.0 1.4
Other 266 24 9.0 1.8
White 5087 300 5.9 0.3
Diabetes No 4211 225 5.3 0.3
Yes 1541 135 8.8 0.7
Obesity No 5064 299 5.9 0.3
Yes 688 61 8.9 1.1
Cerebrovascular disease No 4725 264 5.6 0.3
Yes 1027 96 9.3 0.9
CHF/pulmonary edema No 4796 247 5.2 0.3
Yes 956 113 11.8 1.0
COPD No 4446 226 5.1 0.3
Yes 1306 134 10.3 0.8
Smoking No 4902 300 6.1 0.3
Yes 850 60 7.1 0.9
Cancer No 4129 230 5.6 0.4
Yes 1623 130 8.0 0.7
Corticosteroids No 5494 337 6.1 0.3
Yes 258 23 8.9 1.8
Coronary artery disease No 3619 184 5.1 0.4
Yes 2133 176 8.3 0.6
Renal disease No 4805 245 5.1 0.3
Yes 947 115 12.1 1.1

a Data include Medicare beneficiaries discharged from January to December. Venous thromboembolic events includes 30-day postoperative readmissions for pneumonia and venous thromboembolic events.

Key: CHF: congestive heart failure; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System.

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