2.5 Cellulitis hospitalisations

Cellulitis is a common cause of hospitalisations that are potentially preventable. Find out about variation in cellulitis hospitalisation rates in the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2021.

At a glance

  • Cellulitis is an infection of the tissue under the skin; causes include injuries and bites
  • After standardising to remove age and sex differences between populations, the rate of hospitalisations for cellulitis in 2017–18 was 15.5 times as high in the area with the highest rate compared with the area with the lowest rate
  • The rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 3.0 times as high as the rate for other Australians
  • Hospitalisations for cellulitis could be reduced by improving living conditions for people at risk (e.g. by reducing over-crowding), and by improving management of chronic conditions that increase the risk of cellulitis (e.g. better access to podiatry and lymphoedema services).

Interactive maps, graphs and data

Data show variation in rates by geographic location of patient residence. To use the interactive maps and graphs:

  • Hover or click on maps and graphs for details of data points
  • Use the dropdown boxes at the bottom of graphs to select states and territories, SA3s or PHNs

Learn more about using the interactive Atlas or how to interpret the data.

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

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Rates by state and territory

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Rates by remoteness and SES

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About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

 

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Histogram_Cellulitis/Histogram?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates by state and territory

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_PPH_Cellulitis/Stateandterritory?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates by remoteness and SES

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_PPH_Cellulitis/RemotenessandSES?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

 

Rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status across years

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About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Rates by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status across years

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Linegraph_Cellulitis/RatesforAboriginalandTorresStraitIslanderpeople?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

National overview

State and Territory Rates across years

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Linegraph_Cellulitis/Stateandterritoryratesacrossyears?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#2

Consistently high and low

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Linegraph_Cellulitis/ConsistentlyhighandlowSA3s?%3Aiid=2&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

National overview

State and Territory Rates across years

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Linegraph_Cellulitis/Stateandterritoryratesacrossyears?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#2

Consistently high and low

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Linegraph_Cellulitis/ConsistentlyhighandlowSA3s?%3Aiid=2&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Cellulitis hospitalisations

All hospitalisations with a principal diagnoses of  cellulitis are included.

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals, including Hospital in the Home care.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for  cellulitis per 100,000 people of all ages in 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for cellulitis, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for cellulitis more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location  of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age  and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence the variation seen.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for cellulitis hospitalisations: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement: 

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for cellulitis hospitalisations: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement: 

2021
Publication, report or update