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Revista Medica Herediana

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TELLO-RODRIGUEZ, Tania; VARELA-PINEDO, Luis; ORTIZ-SAAVEDRA, Jose  and  CHAVEZ- JIMENO, Helver. Hospital stay and mortality of patients older hospitalized in a general hospital of Lima Metropolitana, 1997 to 2008. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.1, pp.23-28. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objectives: To determine mortality and hospital stay of patients older than 60 years hospitalized in a general hospital of Lima in the period 1997 to 2008. Material and Methods: Descriptive and retrospective study of patients over age 14, with information obtained from the discharges database of the hospital statistics office. Results: In the 1997 to 2008 period, 27 152 patients aged 14 and over were hospitalized, 53.66% were male. The 38.61% were >60 years.  The hospital stay in < 60 year group was 14.84 days, and 13.63 days, in >60 year group (p <0.05). Hospital mortality in under 60 years was 9.6% and 14.3% for >60 years, (p <0.05); in the subgroup 60 to 79 years was 12.9%, while in patients >80 years was 17.6%. Males had higher mortality than women, (58.53% vs 41.47%) (p < 0.05). We observed to increase of the population over 60 years in 19%, while than in patients younger than 60 years there was a reduction of 10%. Conclusions: Mortality was significantly higher in the group >60 years and in the subgroup >80 years. (Rev Med Hered 2011;22:23-28).

Keywords : Mortality; older than 60 years; younger than 60 years.

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