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Characteristics of Operating Room Procedures in U.S. Hospitals, 2011

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new statistical brief looking at operating room (OR) procedures in the nation’s hospitals. Here are some key data points from the report:

  • About 15 million or 29% of all hospitals stays involved operating room procedures in 2011
  • Hospital OR procedures accounted for nearly half [48%] of total hospital costs
  • The average cost for a hospital stay with an OR procedure was $16,700 vs. $7,400 for a stay without an OR procedure

Topping the list of most frequent procedures were:

  1. Cesarean section
  2. Circumcision
  3. Arthroplasty of the knee
  4. Percutaneous coronary angioplasty [PTCA]
  5. Laminectomy, excision intervertebral disc

However, most costy procedures were:

  1. Spinal fusion
  2. Arthroplasty of the knee
  3. Percutaneous coronary angioplasty [PTCA]
  4. Hip replacement, total and partial
  5. Cesarean section

Source: Weiss A and others. Characteristics of operating room procedures in U.S. hospitals, 2011. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, no. 170, Feb. 2014. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb170-Operating-Room-Procedures-United-States-2011.pdf

Update – also available: Weiss A and Elixhauser A. Trends in operating room procedures in U.S. hospitals, 2001-2011. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, no. 171, Mar. 2014. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb171-Operating-Room-Procedure-Trends.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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