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Table 12_1_5-2a

2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_1_5.2a
Postoperative sepsis per 1,000 elective-surgery discharges with an operating room procedure (excluding patients admitted for infection; patients with cancer or immunocompromised states; obstetric conditions; stays under 4 days; and admissions specifically for sepsis), age 18 and over, by race/ethnicity, United States, 2006
  TotalWhiteBlackAPIHispanic, all races
Population groupRateaSERateaSERateaSERateaSERateaSE
65 and over18.
  85 and over22.20.720.90.819.02.437.36.645.23.5
Median income of patient's ZIP codeFirst quartile (lowest income)
Second quartile15.
Third quartile15.
Fourth quartile (highest income)
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan18.
Large fringe metropolitan16.
Medium metropolitan14.20.313.60.315.70.914.52.518.31.0
Small metropolitan15.40.415.40.416.41.4DSUDSU15.31.8
Micropolitan (nonmetro)13.40.313.30.313.
Noncore (nonmetro)13.50.413.20.416.41.5DSUDSU18.22.1
Expected payment sourcePrivate insurance14.
Other insurance12.80.713.80.8DSUDSUDSUDSU13.02.0
Uninsured/self-pay/no charge13.40.813.
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast14.40.313.20.316.00.921.72.622.01.0
Ownership/control of hospitalPrivate, not for profit15.
Private, for profit19.10.317.50.321.10.825.62.424.90.8
Teaching statusTeaching15.
Location of hospitalLarge central metropolitan18.
Large fringe metropolitan15.80.315.10.318.00.818.82.818.11.4
Medium metropolitan14.
Small metropolitan15.30.315.60.413.81.3DSUDSU14.81.7
Micropolitan (nonmetro)11.50.411.00.414.91.5DSUDSU14.12.0
Noncore (nonmetro)
Bed size of hospitalLess than 10013.30.412.40.413.61.2DSUDSU24.51.5
500 or more15.

a Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and diagnosis-related group (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.

Key: API: Asian or Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, State Inpatient Databases, disparities analysis file, 2006, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, version 3.1. The analysis file is designed to provide national estimates on disparities using weighted records from a sample of hospitals from the following 25 States: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OK, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, and WI.


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 12_1_5-2a: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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