TABLE 1

Distribution of Hospitalizations for Severe Pediatric Sepsis and Mortality According to Patient and Hospital Characteristics

CharacteristicNo. (%) of Hospitalizations% of all Deaths% MortalityP
Age, y
    <13017 (24.0)22.94.0
    1–44214 (33.7)25.93.2
    5–91588 (12.7)10.63.5
    10–141424 (11.4)16.25.9
    15–192358 (18.3)24.45.6<.01
Gender
    Male6663 (52.9)52.84.2
    Female5914 (47.1)47.24.2.95
Source of admission
    ED7219 (57.7)47.03.4
    Another hospital1526 (12.1)23.07.9
    Routine, clinic3783 (30.2)30.04.2<.01
Comorbidities
    Yes4253 (34.1)63.47.8
    No8348 (65.9)36.62.3<.01
Hospital bed size
    Small1843 (16.7)16.84.2
    Medium3782 (32.5)30.63.9
    Large6460 (50.8)52.64.3.81
Hospital location
    Rural1096 (10.2)2.51.0
    Urban10 989 (89.8)97.54.5<.01
Type of hospital
    Children's teaching and nonteaching hospital5800 (51.4)72.47.3
    Nonchildren's teaching hospital2323 (18.6)17.94.0
    Nonchildren's nonteaching hospital3691 (29.9)9.71.4<.01
APRDRG levels of illness severity
    Minor/moderate5240 (41.3)1.6
    Major3708 (29.5)14.0
    Extreme3653 (29.2)84.4<.01