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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Postoperative hip fractures.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators.


2.11 Postoperative hip fracture for adults per 1,000 surgical patients age 18 years and older who were not susceptible to falling, by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000.

Data Source

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


Inpatient hospital surgical discharges age 18 and over who were not susceptible to falling (i.e., excluding patients with musculoskeletal disease; those admitted for seizures, syncope, stroke, coma, cardiac arrest, poisoning, trauma, delirium, psychoses, anoxic brain injury; patients with metastatic cancer, lymphoid malignancy, bone malignancy, and self-inflicted injury).


Subset of denominator with any secondary diagnosis indicating hip fracture.


Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and DRG clusters. DRGs are Diagnosis Related Groups which identify patients with similar illnesses.

Although not all states participate in the HCUP database, it is weighted to give national estimates using weights based on all U.S. community, non-rehabilitation hospitals in the American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals.

This table was created using a beta-test version of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software dated July 2002 that differs from the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software currently available on the AHRQ Web site. This measure is referred to as indicator 8 in the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators software documentation.

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