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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.39
Percent of patients with adverse drug events: anticoagulant related intravenous heparin, United States, 2004a
    2004
Population group Exposed Adverse events Percent Standard error
Total 2,244 327 14.6 0.7
Age Under 65 353 35 9.9 1.6
65-74 855 117 13.7 1.2
75-84 798 134 16.8 1.3
85 and over 238 41 17.2 2.4
Gender Female 1,053 156 14.8 1.1
Male 1,191 171 14.4 1.0
Race Black 230 34 14.8 2.3
Other 110 12 10.9 3.0
White 1,904 281 14.8 0.8
Diabetes No 1,425 209 14.7 0.9
Yes 819 118 14.4 1.2
Obesity No 1,937 288 14.9 0.8
Yes 307 39 12.7 1.9
Cerebrovascular disease No 1,575 225 14.3 0.9
Yes 669 102 15.2 1.4
CHF/pulmonary edema No 1,407 176 12.5 0.9
Yes 837 151 18.0 1.3
COPD No 1,584 216 13.6 0.9
Yes 660 111 16.8 1.5
Smoking No 1,833 263 14.3 0.8
Yes 411 64 15.6 1.8
Cancer No 1,781 248 13.9 0.8
Yes 463 79 17.1 1.7
Corticosteroids No 2,082 294 14.1 0.8
Yes 162 33 20.4 3.2
Coronary artery disease No 650 76 11.7 1.3
Yes 1,594 251 15.7 0.9
Renal disease No 1,542 205 13.3 0.9
Yes 702 122 17.4 1.4

a Data include Medicare beneficiaries discharged from January to December. Readmissions are supposed to be counted in the numerators according to the measure specifications, but were not counted because the data were not available at this time.

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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