Seniors Account for 1 in 3 Hospital Stays
Also, congestive heart failure was the most common reason for hospitalizations of patients between 75 and 84, 23.2 stays per 1,000 population, and those 85 and 4.4.4 stays per 1,000 population for those 85 and older.
The most common procedure performed on any patient over age 64 was a blood transfusion, a rate that was higher for patients between 75 and 84 and even higher for those older than 84.
A color-coded chart in the brief shows the trend from 1997 to 2008. Where in 1997, seniors 85 or older accounted for 1% of the population, they accounted for 7% of the hospital discharges. By 2008, they accounted for 2% of the population but 8% of hospital discharges.
The report also lists the most common principal diagnoses for patients between 75 and 84 and for patients 85 or older. For the top five, they are more or less the same but urinary tract infections are the ninth most common for people between 75 and 84, but the third most common for older patients.
Coronary atherosclerosis and other heart disease is the seventh most common diagnosis for patients between 75 and 84, but the 17th most common for older patients.
And hip fracture is the 14th most common for patients between 75 and 84 but ranks sixth for older patients.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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