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Volume 5, Number 1—February 1999


The Economic Impact of Staphylococcus aureus Infection in New York City Hospitals

Robert J. Rubin, Catherine A. Harrington, Anna Poon, Kimberly Dietrich, Jeremy A. Greene, and Adil Moiduddin
Author affiliations: The Lewin Group, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

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Table 2

Definitions of nosocomial or community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus infections

Type of Infection Nosocomial Community-acquired
Pneumonia Secondary diagnosisa Primary diagnosisa
Bacteremia Catheter- or surgery- associated infectionsb Noncatheter- and nonsurgical- associated infections
Endocarditis Prosthetic valve infections Natural valve infections
Surgical site infection (SSI) All SSIs None
Osteomyelitis None All
Septic arthritis Prosthetic joint infections Natural joint infections

aICD-9-CM 482.4 as the primary diagnosis vs. 482.4 as one of several other diagnoses.
bICD-9-CM 996.62, or 038.1 associated with a surgical ICD procedure code, or 790.7 associated with a surgical ICD procedure code.

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