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QuickStats: Percentage of Hospitalizations Ending in Death, by Selected First-Listed Diagnoses* — National Hospital Discharge Survey, United States, 2000 and 2010

The figure shows the percentage of hospitalizations ending in death, by selected first-listed diagnoses, in the United States, during 2000 and 2010. In both 2000 and 2010, 2% of all hospitalizations in the United States ended in death. The percentage of patients who died while hospitalized declined from 2000 to 2010 for inpatients with first-listed diagnoses of respiratory failure (25% compared with 17%), heart attack (10% compared with 8%), cancer (8% compared with 4%), and stroke (6% compared with 5%). By comparison, the percentage of inpatients hospitalized for septicemia who died in the hospital increased from 14% in 2000 to 16% in 2010.

* Data are for first-listed diagnosis coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) coding system. The codes for respiratory failure are 518.81, 518.83, and 518.84; septicemia 038; heart attack 410; cancer 140–209.36, 209.70–209.75, 209.79, and 230–234; and stroke 430–438. The percentage of hospital deaths was calculated by dividing the number of inpatients who died in the hospital within each category by the total number of inpatients in that category and then multiplying the resulting decimal by 100 to convert it to a percentage. Changes for the period 2000–2010 were tested using a trend test based on all data years.

95% confidence interval.

In both 2000 and 2010, 2% of all hospitalizations in the United States ended in death. The percentage of patients who died while hospitalized declined from 2000 to 2010 for inpatients with first-listed diagnoses of respiratory failure (25% compared with 17%), heart attack (10% compared with 8%), cancer (8% compared with 4%), and stroke (6% compared with 5%). By comparison, the percentage of inpatients hospitalized for septicemia who died in the hospital increased from 14% in 2000 to 16% in 2010.

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey data, 2000–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhds.htm.

Reported by: Shaleah Levant, MPH, slevant@cdc.gov, 301-458-4324; Marni Hall, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of hospitalizations ending in death, by selected first-listed diagnoses, in the United States, during 2000 and 2010. In both 2000 and 2010, 2% of all hospitalizations in the United States ended in death. The percentage of patients who died while hospitalized declined from 2000 to 2010 for inpatients with first-listed diagnoses of respiratory failure (25% compared with 17%), heart attack (10% compared with 8%), cancer (8% compared with 4%), and stroke (6% compared with 5%). By comparison, the percentage of inpatients hospitalized for septicemia who died in the hospital increased from 14% in 2000 to 16% in 2010.


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