Table 2VA hospitalizations: FY2001 discharges, veterans only

Demographic informationComplete VA PTF Main file (acute and nonacute)Modified acute-only file
Hospitalizations:*
Total 561,229439,537
Medical (DRG=medical)459,653340,971
Surgical (DRG=surgical)101,54898,550
Length of stay (days):
Mean11.67.2
Median6.05.0
Maximum20,2292,228
Age at admission (years):
Mean62.164.8
Median63.066.0
Minimum1819
Maximum112112
Age groups for age at admission (years):
18–394.5%2.6%
40–6449.0%43.1%
65–7423.0%26.7%
75–8420.6%24.2%
85+2.8%3.3%
Sex:
Male96.5%97.0%
Female3.5%3.0%
Ethnicity:
White68.2%69.6%
Black20.1%18.2%
Hispanic5.0%5.2%
Asian/Pacific Island0.3%0.3%
Native American0.4%0.4%
Other6.0%6.3%
Death:
Died in hospital3.6%3.9%
*

Mean number of hospitalizations per patient per year is 1.58 in the complete file and 1.53 in the acute-only file.

Medical and Surgical do not sum to total because there are 28 hospitalizations with DRGs that are ungroupable or unrelated to the VA population (e.g. newborn, premature) in the VA file and 16 in the acute file.

From: Applying Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) Across Health Care Systems: Achieving Data Comparability

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