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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.8
Postoperative sepsis per 1,000 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 2003
    2003 2001
Population group Ratea Standard error Ratea Standard error
Total 12.5 0.3 10.1 0.3
Age 0-17 16.7 1.1 11.2 1.1
18-44 10.2 0.5 8.8 0.5
45-64 11.9 0.4 10.1 0.4
65 and over 13.9 0.4 11.0 0.4
Age 65-69 13.6 0.6 9.6 0.6
70-74 12.9 0.6 11.3 0.6
75-79 14.4 0.7 11.6 0.6
80-84 15.7 0.8 11.1 0.8
85 and over 12.9 1.2 11.6 1.2
Gender Male 12.7 0.5 10.2 0.5
Female 10.5 0.4 8.1 0.4
Median income of patient's ZIP Code Less than $25,000 15.6 1.2 10.7 0.9
$25,000-$34,999 13.0 0.5 10.6 0.5
$35,000-$44,999 12.7 0.4 10.1 0.4
$45,000 or more 11.9 0.4 9.8 0.4
Location of patient residence Metropolitan-large 13.8 0.4 11.0 0.4
Metropolitan-small 11.1 0.4 9.7 0.4
Micropolitan 12.1 0.6 8.4 0.6
Noncore 9.9 0.7 8.0 0.8
Expected payment source Private insurance 10.0 0.3 8.8 0.3
Medicare 13.8 0.4 10.8 0.4
Medicaid 17.2 0.8 13.6 0.8
Other insurance 11.0 0.9 9.0 0.8
Uninsured/self pay/no charge 14.0 1.4 9.7 1.4
Region of inpatient treatment Northeast 10.4 0.5 9.0 0.5
Midwest 12.1 0.5 8.7 0.5
South 13.7 0.4 11.8 0.4
West 12.3 0.5 9.5 0.5
Ownership/control of hospital Private, not-for-profit 12.1 0.3 9.9 0.3
Private, for-profit 15.2 0.6 11.5 0.6
Public 12.1 0.6 9.9 0.7
Teaching status of hospital Teaching 13.2 0.4 10.0 0.4
Non-teaching 12.1 0.4 10.2 0.4
Location of hospital Metropolitan-large 13.8 0.3 11.1 0.3
Metropolitan-small 11.2 0.4 9.3 0.4
Micropolitan 8.7 0.9 5.6 0.9
Noncore 7.9 1.6 7.2 1.9
Bed size of hospital Less than 100 8.4 0.8 7.3 0.8
100-299 11.9 0.4 9.7 0.4
300-499 12.9 0.4 10.8 0.4
500 or more 13.9 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.

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

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