2011 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_2_6.2_3
Postoperative respiratory failure per 1,000 elective-surgery admissions,a age less than 18 years,b by income, United States, 2000-2008
    Median income of patient's ZIP Code
  TotalFirst quartile (lowest income)Second quartileThird quartileFourth quartile (highest income)
Data year RateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Data year200817.90.319.30.720.20.718.00.714.40.7

a. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI) software requires that the respiratory failure be reported as a secondary diagnosis (rather than the principal diagnosis), but unlike the AHRQ PDI software, the secondary diagnosis could be present on admission.� In addition, the tracheostomy is not verifiable as following surgery. Excludes admissions with respiratory disease, circulatory disease, craniofacial anomalies, or neuromuscular disorders; neonates with a birth weight less than 500 grams; obstetric admissions; and admissions in which the tracheostomy is the only operating room procedure.

b. Rates are adjusted by age, major diagnostic category (MDC), diagnosis-related group (DRG), comorbidities, and transfers into the hospital.� The AHRQ PDI software was modified to not use the present on admission (POA) indicators (or estimates of the likelihood of POA for secondary diagnosis).

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, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T12_2_6_2_3: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr11/12_patientsafety/T12_2_6_2_3.html