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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.4
Percent surgical discharges with postoperative venous thromboembolic events, United States, 2004a
    2004
Population group Exposed Adverse events Percent Standard error
Total 5752 65 1.1 0.1
Age Under 65 DSU DSU DSU DSU
65-74 2312 17 0.7 0.2
75-84 2004 34 1.7 0.3
85 and over DSU DSU DSU DSU
Gender Female 3198 30 0.9 0.2
Male 2554 35 1.4 0.2
Race Black DSU DSU DSU DSU
Other DSU DSU DSU DSU
White 5087 56 1.1 0.1
Diabetes No 4211 47 1.1 0.2
Yes 1541 18 1.2 0.3
Obesity No 5064 56 1.1 0.1
Yes DSU DSU DSU DSU
Cerebrovascular disease No 4725 52 1.1 0.2
Yes 1027 13 1.3 0.3
CHF/pulmonary edema No 4796 48 1.0 0.1
Yes 956 17 1.8 0.4
COPD No 4446 45 1.0 0.2
Yes 1306 20 1.5 0.3
Smoking No 4902 56 1.1 0.2
Yes DSU DSU DSU DSU
Cancer No 4129 41 1.0 0.2
Yes 1623 24 1.5 0.3
Corticosteroids No 5494 60 1.1 0.1
Yes DSU DSU DSU DSU
Coronary artery disease No 3619 30 0.8 0.2
Yes 2133 35 1.6 0.3
Renal disease No 4805 45 0.9 0.1
Yes 947 20 2.1 0.5

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

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

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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