Deliveries in short-stay hospitals : United States, 1980
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Deliveries in short-stay hospitals : United States, 1980

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    This report concerns the use of hospitals by women with deliveries during 1980. Characteristics of the women who delivered (age, race, and marital status) and of the hospitals in which they delivered (region, bed size, and ownership) are presented by type of delivery (normal or complicated). Data on the types of obstetrical complications experienced by these women and on the procedures they underwent are also presented. Hospital use measurements shown include frequencies. percents, and average lengths of stay. stetrical complication and one indicating the specflc type of anemia. In this report, obstetrical diagnoses are categorized into two broad types-nom-d deliveries and compli­ cated deliveries. A normal delivery refers to a spon­ taneous delivery without mention of abnormality, com­ plication, or the use of instruments or fetal manipula­ tion. All other deliveries, including multiple births, are referred to as complicated. The rationale for including pregnancies witl multiple fetuses as complicated is based on the observation that such pregnancies are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.A Summary During 1980 3.8 million women with deliveries were discharged from short-stay non-Federal hospitals in the United States. These women made up a sizable portion-9.9 percent+f all the discharges (excluding newborn inbts) during that year. Women with deliv­ eries remained hospitalized an average of 3.8 days and used 14.2 million days of inpatient hospital care. This was only 5.2 percent of the total days spent in hospitals by all patients discharged during the year. Most of the women who had a delivery were in their twenties, were white, and were married. The largest percent of deliveries occurred in the South Region, fol­ lowed by the North Central, Northeast, and West Regions. The percent of women with deliveries was lowest in the smallest hospitals and highest in the largest hospitals. Most of the women with deliveries were discharged from nonprofit hospitals. About half of the women had a normal delivery and about half had some sort of complication. Women more likely to have a complicated delivery were older, were races other than white, had an unknown marital status, @ The statistics presented in this report are based on data collected through the National Hospital Discharge Survey. This is a sample survey that has been conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics since 1965. In 1980, data were abstracted from the face sheets of medical records of approximately 224,000 patients discharged from 420 short-stay non-Federal hospitals. A brief description of the sample design, data collection procedures, and estimation process, and definitions of terms presented in this report can be found in the section entitled “technical notes.” A detailed discussion of these items, as well as the survey form used to collect the data, have been published. Suggested citation: National Center for Health Statistics, B. J. Haupt: Deliveries In short-stay hospitals. Advance Vital and Health Statistics, No, 83, DHHS Pub, No. (PHS) 82–1 250. Public Health Service, PMID: 10257767 ad083acc.pdf
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