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Volume 15, Number 9—September 2009

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Trends in US Hospital Admissions for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

John Edelsberg, Charu Taneja, Marcus Zervos, Nadia Haque, Carol Moore, Katherine Reyes, James Spalding, Jenny Jiang, and Gerry OsterComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Policy Analysis Inc., Brookline, Massachusetts, USA (J. Edelsberg, C. Taneja, J. Jiang, G. Oster); Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, USA (M. Zervos, N. Haque, C. Moore, K. Reyes); Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Deerfield, Illinois, USA (J. Spalding)

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Table 1

Estimated total number of US hospital admissions for SSTIs and infectious pneumonia, 2000–2004*

Principal diagnosis 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Change from 2000 to 2004
SSTI 674,939 701,672 757,858 810,768 869,777 194,838 (+28.9%)
Infectious pneumonia 1,202,387 1,177,972 1,229,204 1,272,686 1,172,304 –30,083 (–2.5%)

*SSTI, skin and soft tissue infection. Source: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample, 2000–2004.

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