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Table 3 List of in-hospital complications 1 following an elective TJR (as reported in HMD during index admission) classified as major by 13 orthopedic surgeons by body system (N=857)

From: Use of routine hospital morbidity data together with weight and height of patients to predict in-hospital complications following total joint replacement

  Number Percentage
Cardiovascular   
 Acute myocardial infarction 6 0.7
 Arterial embolism 1 0.1
 Cardio respiratory arrest 4 0.5
 Angina pectoris / unstable angina 9 1.1
 Complete heart block 1 0.1
 Congestive heart failure 10 1.2
 Post operative shock 1 0.1
 Supra-ventricular / ventricular tachycardia 6 0.7
 Thromboembolism / deep vein thrombosis 17 2.0
Respiratory   
 Acute pulmonary edema 3 0.4
 Adult respiratory distress syndrome 5 0.6
 Pneumonia / aspiration pneumonia 8 0.9
 Pulmonary embolism 12 1.4
Gastrointestinal   
 Abdominal obstruction 14 1.6
 Acute gastrointestinal bleeding / ulcer 9 1.1
 Acute hepatic failure 1 0.1
Renal   
 Acute renal failure 15 1.8
 Oliguria / anuria 16 1.9
Musculoskeletal   
 Dehiscence of surgical wound 2 0.2
 Hemorrhage complicating a procedure 22 2.6
 Hip abscess / septic arthritis / acute osteomyelitis 3 0.4
 Mechanical complications due to prosthesis (e.g., fracture of bone) 9 1.1
Neurological   
 Acute cerebrovascular accident / transient ischemic attach 4 0.5
 Convulsions 1 0.1
 Semi coma 1 0.1
General   
 Bacteremia 15 1.8
 Diabetic hypoglycemic shock 2 0.2
 Post operative infection / sepsis 21 2.5
  1. 1A person may have more than one complication.