20 Most Frequent Inpatient Procedures

The following findings are from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Statistical Brief #165: Most Frequent Procedures Performed in U.S. Hospitals, 2011. Original data is from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

The following are the 20 most frequent inpatient procedures in 2011, listed by number of hospital stays with the procedure per 10,000 population :

1. Blood Transfusion — 94

2. Prophylactic vaccinations and inoculations — 60

3. Respiratory intubation and mechanical ventilation — 52

4. Repair of current obstetric laceration — 42

5. Cesarian section — 41

6. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary arteriography — 40

7. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, biopsy — 39

8. Circumcision — 36

9. Artificial rupture of membranes to assist delivery — 30

10. Hemodialysis — 29

11. Echocardiagram — 28

12. Fetal monitoring — 25

13. Arthroplasty knee — 23

14. Enteral and pareteral nutrition — 19

15. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty — 18

16. Colonoscopy and biopsy — 17

17. Laminectomy, excision invertibral disc — 17

18. Spinal fusion — 16

19. Incision of pleura, thoracentesis, chest drainage —15

20. Hip replacement, total and partial — 15

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