About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of discharges from community, nonrehabilitation hospitals in the United States of persons aged 65 years and over with a principal or secondary diagnosis of pressure ulcer at discharge
Number of persons aged 65 years and over residing in the United States
Discharges with a disposition indicating that the patient was transferred to an acute care hospital are excluded. Community hospitals are defined by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as "non-Federal, short-term, general, and other specialty hospitals, excluding hospital units of institutions." The specialty hospitals included in the AHA definition of community hospitals include: obstetrics-gynecology, ear-nose-throat, orthopedic, and pediatric institutions. The AHA also groups public hospitals and academic medical centers with community hospitals.
The population estimates used to track this measure are based on estimates produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nielsen, a vendor that compiles and adds value to the Census estimates using intra-census methods to estimate household and demographic statistics for geographic areas by year, provided the denominator data.