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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Death in low mortality DRGs.

Measure Source

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


2.2 Deaths per 1,000 admissions in low mortality DRGs (with a NIS 1997 benchmark of less than 0.5% mortality), trends 1994-2001 and by patient and hospital characteristics, 2001, United States.

Data Source

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


Hospital admissions in low mortality DRGs (with a NIS 1997 benchmark of less than 0.5 mortality), excluding patients with any code for trauma, immunocompromised state, or cancer.


Subset of denominator with discharge disposition of death.


Rates 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.

Although not all States participate in the HCUP database, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 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 the version 2.1, revision 1 of the AHRQ PSI software. This measure is referred to as indicator 2 in the software documentation. More information about the AHRQ Quality Indicators is available at


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