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Table 2.9b: National Complications of Care, 2002

Complications of anesthesia per 1,000 surgical discharges (excluding patients with such complications who also have substance use disordersa), by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000.
  Adjusted ratea
Population group Estimate Standard error
Total 8.447 0.279
Patient characteristic
Age groups for conditions affecting any age
  0-17 0.751 0.116
  18-44 2.398 0.153
  45-64 9.733 0.408
  65 and over 41.375 1.497
Age groups for conditions affecting primarily elderly
  65-69 24.307 1.447
  70-74 34.862 1.793
  75-79 45.673 2.293
  80-84 59.852 3.281
  85 and over 68.707 4.061
  Male 8.111 0.319
  Female 8.878 0.315
Median income of patient zip
Less than $25,000 7.467 0.788
  $25,000-$34,999 8.220 0.465
  $35,000-$44,999 8.687 0.458
  $45,000 or more 8.233 0.422
Location of patient residence
  MSA 8.300 0.306
  Non-MSA 8.036 0.508
Hospital characteristic
Location of inpatient treatment
  Northeast 8.893 0.654
  Midwest 8.278 0.580
  South 8.836 0.477
  West 7.528 0.550

aThat is, includes admssions specifically for iatrogenic pneumothorax, such as cases from earlier admissions or from other hospitals. Also, includes barotrauma (including acute respiratory distress syndrome) and central line placement.

bRates 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.

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

Table 2.9a: National Complications of Care, 2002 Table 2.10a: National Complications of Care

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