Table 12_1_5-1

2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_1_5.1
Postoperative sepsis per 1,000 elective-surgery discharges with an operating room procedure (excluding patients admitted for infection; patients with cancer or immunocompromised states; obstetric conditions; stays under 4 days; and admissions specifically for sepsis), age 18 and over, United States, 2000 and 2006
Population groupRateaSERateaSE
65 and over18.
  85 and over22.70.715.50.6
Median income of patient's ZIP codeFirst quartile (lowest income)
Second quartile15.
Third quartile14.
Fourth quartile (highest income)
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan17.
Large fringe metropolitan14.
Medium metropolitan13.
Small metropolitan16.
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)13.00.310.70.3
Expected payment sourcePrivate insurance13.
Other insurance11.
Uninsured/self-pay/no charge11.
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast15.
Ownership/control of hospitalPrivate, not for profit14.
Private, for profit17.
Teaching status of hospitalTeaching14.
Location of hospitalLarge central metropolitan16.
Large fringe metropolitan13.10.310.60.2
Medium metropolitan14.
Small metropolitan15.90.310.30.3
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)
Bed size of hospitalLess than 10012.
500 or more15.

a Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and diagnosis-related group (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.

Key: SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and AHRQ Quality Indicators, version 3.1.


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 12_1_5-1: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.