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Hospital Mortality Rates

A recent study of hospital mortality rates found:
  • Rates of death varied widely, from 3.5% in very-low-mortality hospitals to 6.9% in very-high-mortality hospitals. 
  • Hospitals with either very high mortality or very low mortality had similar rates of overall complications (24.6% and 26.9%, respectively) and of major complications (18.2% and 16.2%, respectively). 
  • Mortality in patients with major complications was 21.4% in hospitals with very high overall mortality versus 12.5% in those with very low overall mortality.

Source: “Variation in Hospital Mortality Associated with Inpatient Surgery,” New England Journal of Medicine, October 1, 2009, abstract only, http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/361/14/1368 

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October 8, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare, quality | , ,

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