Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 11, Number 2, April 2005
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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This report documents frequencies, rates, and characteristics of hospitalizations of active component members of the US Armed Forces during 2004 as documented by standardized, automated records maintained in the Defense Medical Surveillance System. In addition, the report summarizes hospitalizations of service members in U.S. military and non-military hospitals since 1994 based on the first three digits of first listed primary discharge diagnoses International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, clinical modifications. Records of hospitalizations not documented with automated records e.g., during deployments, field training exercises, shipboard are not included. Frequencies, rates, and trends During 2004, there were 69,418 reports of hospitalizations of active component service members Table 1- approximately one-sixth 15.5 of the hospitalizations were in non-military facilities. The hospitalization rate all causes was 49.2 per 1,000 per year. The rate in 2004 was 7.0 lower than in 2003 and 50 lower than in 1996 Figure 1. Hospitalizations, by illness and injury categories The distribution of hospitalizations by major diagnostic categories were relatively stable for the past 5 years Table 1. For example, in 2004, more than half of all hospitalizations were attributable to pregnancy-related conditions including labor and delivery, injuries and poisonings, and mental disorders Table 1. In addition, in 2000, 2002, and 2004, the same categories of conditions were among the eight leading causes of hospitalizations overall Table 1.
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