AHRQ Stats: AHRQ publishes statistics on hospital stays among obese adults and children and hospital stays for hip and knee replacement

Research Activities, December 2012, No. 388

Hospital stays by obese children double

Hospital stays among obese patients jumped from 6 percent to 9 percent between 2004 and 2009, according to a new data analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Another analysis found that hospital stays by obese children doubled between 2000 and 2009.

For more details, go to AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #137, Obesity-Related Hospitalizations, 2004 vs. 2009 (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb137.jsp) and HCUP Statistical Brief #138, Obesity in Children: Hospitalizations from 2000 to 2009 at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb138.jsp.

Hospitalizations for first-time hip replacement reach 440,000 in 2012

Hospital admissions of patients needing a first-time hip replacement will reach 110,000 per quarter by the end of 2012, or 440,000 for the entire year, according to projections by AHRQ. The cost of caring for these patients will average $19,000 per patient. Two-thirds of the first-time hip replacement admissions are due to osteoarthritis.

For details, go to HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2011 to 2012 at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/projections/2012-03.pdf (PDF format - 5.2 MB).

Hospitalizations for first-time knee replacement reach 704,000 in 2012

The number of admissions per quarter for first-time knee replacement due to osteoarthritis will reach 176,000 by the end of 2012, or 704,000 for the entire year, compared with 104,000 per quarter in 2004 or 416,000 for that entire year, according to AHRQ projections.

For details, go to HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2011 to 2012 at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/projections/2012-03.pdf (PDF format - 5.2 MB).

Current as of December 2012
Internet Citation: AHRQ Stats: AHRQ publishes statistics on hospital stays among obese adults and children and hospital stays for hip and knee replacement: Research Activities, December 2012, No. 388. December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/12dec/1212RA37.html