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OA-10 Reduce the rate of pressure ulcer-related hospitalizations among older adults

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-Nationwide Inpatient Sample
Population Estimates
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
per 100,000
Baseline (Year): 
985.8 (2007)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    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.