PURPOSE: We conducted a retrospective review of all deaths within our health care system during a one year period to better define the characteristics of patients who died.
METHODS: The North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System is an 18 hospital health care system in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Statewide Planning and Cooperative System (SPARCS) database was used to evaluate the deaths of all patients who died within our health care system during the one year period from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000. Hospital length of stay, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, discharge DRGs, and age were evaluated.
RESULTS: During this one year study period, there...
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