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Table 2.10b: National Complications of Care

Infection due to intravenous lines or catheters (excluding immunocompromised or cancer patients and neonates; based on principal and secondary diagnosesa) per 100,000 population, by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000
  Adjusted rateb
Population group Estimate Standard error
Total 37.700 1.234
Patient characteristic
Age groups for conditions affecting any age
  0-17 6.638 1.034
  18-44 20.553 0.884
  45-64 58.194 2.134
  65 and over 122.182 4.173
Age groups for conditions affecting primarily elderly
  65-69 109.979 4.740
  70-74 121.951 4.884
  75-79 132.533 5.329
  80-84 137.925 6.466
  85 and over 120.127 5.933
  Male 39.335 1.296
  Female 36.723 1.280
Median income of patient zip
  Less than $25,000 56.308 4.993
  $25,000-$34,999 41.810 2.309
  $35,000-$44,999 38.302 1.774
  $45,000 or more 32.602 1.605
Location of patient residence
  MSA 39.040 1.406
  Non-MSA 29.267 2.142
Hospital characteristic
Location of inpatient treatment
  Northeast 35.742 2.576
  Midwest 34.440 2.440
  South 43.156 2.218
  West 33.594 2.613

a That is, includes admissions specifically for such infections, such as cases from earlier admissions, from other hospitals, or from other settings.

b Rates are adjusted by age and sex using the total U.S. as the standard population; when reporting is by age, the adjustment is by sex only; when reporting is by sex, the adjustment is by age only.

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

Table 2.10a: National Complications of Care Table 2.11: National Complications of Care

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