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Table 1 Patient characteristics by Health Service Executive hospital region for singleton, live birth delivery hospitalisations (N=323,588), Republic of Ireland, 2005-2009

From: Regional variation in obstetrical intervention for hospital birth in the Republic of Ireland, 2005–2009

Characteristic Dublin Mid Leinster (n=102,509) Dublin Northeast (n=65,667) South (n=79,789) West (n=75,623)
Age, years [mean (SD)] 30.6 (5.7) 30.0 (5.7) 30.4 (5.6) 30.7 (5.7)
Married 65,079 (63.5) 38,898 (59.2) 48,886 (61.3) 50,903 (67.3)
Medical card possessiona 12,497 (12.2) 10,828 (16.5) 8,847 (11.1) 26,414 (34.9)
Length of stay, days [median (IQR)] 3 (2–4) 3 (2–4) 3 (2–5) 3 (2–5)
ICU admission 99 (0.1) 437 (0.7) 128 (0.2) 177 (0.2)
Hospital transferb 75 (0.1) 66 (0.1) 144 (0.2) 144 (0.2)
Previous caesarean delivery 6,608 (10.1) 10,956 (10.7) 8,804 (11.0) 7,502 (9.9)
Morbidities
Hypertensive disorders 5,228 (5.1) 3,677 (5.6) 3,957 (5.0) 4,271 (5.7)
Gestational diabetes 1,773 (1.7) 1,515 (2.3) 861 (1.1) 951 (1.3)
Established diabetes 374 (0.4) 178 (0.3) 279 (0.4) 211 (0.3)
Antepartum haemorrhage 1,234 (1.2) 870 (1.3) 1,092 (1.4) 606 (0.8)
Placental disorders 385 (0.4) 736 (1.1) 455 (0.6) 342 (0.5)
  1. Note: Values are N (%) unless otherwise indicated.
  2. Abbreviation: SD, standard deviation; IQR, inter-quartile range; ICU, intensive care unit.
  3. a Possession of a medical card provides low-income individuals with select free health care services.
  4. b Includes transfers to acute hospital, psychiatric ward, rehabilitation centre or hospice.