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KDHE Makes Hospital Discharge Data Analyses Available for Health Assessment

Topeka, Ks - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) has released “Most Frequent Conditions Treated in Kansas Community Hospitals, Excluding - Maternity, The State of Kansas and the Counties, 2007-2009.”  This report is based on community hospital discharge data provided by the Kansas Hospital Association.  Knowledge about the most frequent health conditions for which Kansans are discharged from Kansas community hospitals identifies priority populations to inform the initiation of community health assessment activities, design public health programs and develop public health policy. Read More

Community health assessment is a process many local health departments and all non-profit hospitals are starting as part of either national health department accreditation or hospitals meeting federal requirements.  Some state level findings include:  The older the age group, the higher the rate of hospital discharge;  Females have slightly higher hospitalization rates at 99.2 per1,000 than males at 81.6 per 1,000;  and The three most frequent conditions for which Kansans were discharged from the hospital include psychoses, major joint replacement or reattachment of lower extremity, and simple pneumonia and pleurisy age 17 or greater with complications.  The most frequent condition treated in Labette County from 2007-09 was Major Joint Replacement, followed by Septicemia or blood poisoning. The three counties with the greatest number of hospital discharges per 1,000 population are Graham at 294, Trego at 289 and Morton at 249.

Labette County ranked 50th at 123 cases per 1-thousand population.  The three counties with the highest hospital mean length of stay per 1,000 population are Ness at 20.78 days, Edwards at 7.28 days and Ottawa 6.27 days.  Labette came in at 74 with a mean length of stay of 4.38 days. The three counties with the highest mean age are Decatur at 73.47, Cheyenne at 73.46 and Wallace at age 73.44.  Labette County ranked 95 with a mean age of 57.38 for discharged patients.  The full report is available at kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/OHA/hcdgb.html. Scroll down to Most Frequent Inpatient Conditions and click on information for 2007-2009.