The Most Admitted Diagnoses

October 29, 2008
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Of the 20 leading diagnoses that led to patients being hospitalized in 2006, heart disease was No. 1 throughout the state. But it was No. 3 in Kent County, where newborns topped the diagnoses list.

The incidence of hospitalization for heart disease in 2006 was greater across the state than in the county, according to the rate per 10,000 individuals. Across Michigan, there were 161 hospital admissions for every 10,000 people in Michigan but only 89 in the county for every 10,000 residents.

But that wasn’t the only distinction on the list. Using a minimum of three spots in the top 20 rankings as a qualifier, there were 10 diagnoses that distinguished the county from the state in the ranking.

Osteoarthrosis, intervertebral disc disorders, benign and unspecified neoplasms, arterial diseases, diabetes mellitus and chronic bronchitis had a spread of at least three spots in the ranking. While appendicitis and blood diseases were in the county’s top 20, neither made the state’s list, while chest pain and asthma did. Chest pain was ranked 13 and asthma was 16 on the Michigan list.

Overall, 1.33 million people were hospitalized in Michigan in 2006, with 65,818 of those being Kent County residents.

Across the state, 1,325 out of every 10,000 Michigan residents were admitted that year. Statewide there was a total of 6.22 million patient days of care in 2006, and the average hospital stay was 4.7 days.

The hospitalization rate in the county that year was lower than the state’s, as 1,098 people for every 10,000 county residents were admitted. Countywide there was a total of 276,701 patient days of care in 2006 and the average length of a stay was 4.2 days.

Here are the leading diagnoses for hospitalizations in the county and the state, and the hospitalization rate per 10,000 residents for the county and the state.

Principal Diagnosis 

County Rank

State Rank

County Rate Per 10,000

State Rate Per 10,000

Newborns and neonates 

157.2

127.1

Females with deliveries

153.8

123.5

Heart diseases

89.3

161.0

Injury and poisoning

85.3

98.1

Psychoses

34.1

49.3

Cancer (Malignant neoplasms)

33.0

42.9

Osteoarthrosis

10

29.6

32.3

Pneumonia

28.1

39.7

Infectious/parasitic diseases

25.6

38.5

Cerebrovascular diseases

10

23.6

34.6

Intervertebral disc disorders

11

17

17.3

15.7

Skin diseases   

12

11

16.0

24.5

Rehabilitation procedures

13

12

15.7

23.8

Benign/unspecified neoplasms

14

19

13.5

15.0

Arterial diseases

15

20

13.3

14.9

Appendicitis

16

NL*

12.5

NL

Kidney/urinary infections

17

18

11.3

15.6

Diabetes mellitus

18

15

10.9

16.5

Chronic bronchitis

19

14

10.1

20.1

Blood diseases

20

NL*

9.9

NL


* Not listed.
Source: Michigan Department of Community Health, Twenty Leading Diagnoses for Hospitalizations, Michigan & Kent County 2006

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