Table 1—

Patient and episode characteristics by presenting severity level

Presenting severity level
AllP*
Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4/5
n1,065 (47.3)486 (21.6)143 (6.4)559 (24.8)2,253 (100)
Patient characteristics
    Age (years)69.2 ± 11.668.4 ± 11.766.0 ± 14.169.5 ± 11.768.9 ± 11.80.008
    Male603 (56.6)267 (54.9)97 (67.8)359 (64.2)1,326 (58.9)0.0008
    Medicare + Choice health plan861 (80.9)381 (78.4)104 (72.7)471 (84.3)1,817 (80.6)0.007
    Chronic disease score4.9 ± 3.54.7 ± 3.34.7 ± 3.44.9 ± 3.54.8 ± 3.40.63
    Inadequate vascular status352 (33.1)184 (37.9)60 (42.0)392 (70.1)988 (43.9)<0.0001
    Malignant neoplasm of lymphatic and hematopoietic tissue15 (1.4)4 (0.8)0 (0)5 (0.9)24 (1.1)0.37
Episode characteristics
    Episode duration (days)
Mean ± SD88.8 ± 82.271.9 ± 69.290.0 ± 81.797.0 ± 93.087.3 ± 82.8<0.0001
Median6349676662
    Amputation during episode116 (10.9)70 (14.4)33 (23.1)463 (82.8)682 (30.3)<0.0001
    Ulcer-related inpatient hospitalization during episode113 (10.6)114 (23.5)39 (27.3)273 (48.8)539 (23.9)<0.0001
    Outcome severity level
Level 1753 (70.7)753 (33.4)
Level 281 (7.6)341 (70.2)422 (18.7)
Level 373 (6.9)48 (9.9)102 (71.3)223 (9.9)
Level 4/5158 (14.8)97 (20.0)41 (28.7)559 (100)855 (38.0)
  • Data are n (%) or means ± SD, unless otherwise indicated.

  • *

    * Level of significance for the comparison across the different presenting severity levels.