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Euclid Hospital

The Quality Performance Report shows how Euclid Hospital has been doing at providing the right care for certain common conditions and preventing certain types of infections.

Heart Attack Patient Mortality (Death)

This score tells you about the percent (rate) of heart attack patients that died within 30 days of going into the hospital.

This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to see if the death (mortality) rate for heart attack patients treated at that hospital is better than, the same as or worse than the U.S. national average. The death rates take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.

Lower numbers are better.

How is Euclid Hospital doing with heart attack patient deaths?

July 2010 – June 2013

Euclid Hospital 14.4%
U.S. national average 14.9%

 

The difference between Euclid Hospital and the national average is not significant. This means that Euclid Hospital’s rate is basically the same as the national average.

Only regular Medicare patients are included. People in Medicare Advantage (managed care plans) and people who do not have Medicare are not included.

Updated: December 2014

Heart Failure Patient Hospital Readmission

This score tells you about the percent (rate) of hospitalized heart failure patients who go back into a hospital again within 30 days after going home. Patients may have been readmitted back to the same hospital or to a different hospital. They may have been readmitted for heart failure-related care or for a different reason.

Lower numbers are better.

This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to see if the readmission rate for heart failure patients is better than, the same as or worse than the U.S. national average. The readmission rates take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital.

How is Euclid Hospital doing with heart failure patient hospital readmission?
July 2010 – June 2013
Euclid Hospital 25.3%
U.S. national average 22.7%

 

The difference between Euclid Hospital and the national average is not significant. This means that Euclid Hospital’s rate is basically the same as the national average.

Only regular Medicare patients are included. People in Medicare Advantage (managed care plans) and people who do not have Medicare are not included.

Updated: December 2014

How is Euclid Hospital performing on stroke care?

This score tells you the the hospital's overall performance on the stroke care items listed below:

  1. medication or other treatment was given to prevent blood clots in veins
  2. an antithrombotic medication such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix®) or aspirin combined with dipyridamole (Aggrenox®) was given by end of hospital day two
  3. an anticoagulant medication such as warfarin (Coumadin®) was prescribed at discharge from the hospital (applies only to patients with atrial fibrillation or flutter)
  4. a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) medication (sometimes called a “clot buster”) was given within 3 hours of start of stroke symptoms (applies only to patients who arrived at the hospital within two hours of start of stroke symptoms)
  5. a cholesterol lowering medication (called a “statin” medication) was prescribed at discharge, (applies only to patients with an LDL or “bad” cholesterol level greater than 100 or who were on a cholesterol lowering medication prior to hospitalization)
  6. advice and stroke education material were provided before discharge from the hospital
  7. an antithrombotic medication such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix®) or aspirin combined with dipyridamole (Aggrenox®) was prescribed at discharge from the hospital
  8. patients were assessed for rehabilitation services

This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job taking care of stroke patients is to look at how consistently the hospital provides the care listed above.

Higher percentage is better.

Stroke Data

Q = Quarter. Example: January – March

* National stroke program percentage is the most current available for all hospitals participating in the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines ® (GWTG) stroke program. Please note: “This Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Aggregate Data report was generated using the Outcome PMT system. Copy or distribution of the GWTG Aggregate Data is prohibited without the prior written consent of the American Heart Association and Outcome Sciences, Inc. (Outcome).”

+ Euclid Hospital's results for the most recent quarter may change slightly if additional data become available.

Updated: June 2014

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What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is caused by bacteria or a virus. The lungs fill with mucus. This lowers the oxygen level in your blood. Symptoms of pneumonia can include the following:

  • difficulty breathing
  • "wet" cough – mucus may look green or bloody
  • chest pain
  • fever and chills
  • fatigue

You should also be aware that flu shots reduce the risk of influenza, a serious and sometimes deadly lung infection that can spread quickly in a community. Hospitals should check to make sure that pneumonia patients get a flu shot during flu season to protect them from another lung infection and to help prevent the spread of influenza in the community.

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Why Surgical Care Measures are Important

Hospitals can improve surgical care and reduce the risk of wound infection after surgery by making sure they provide care that’s known to get the best results for most patients.

There are also steps that you, as a patient, can take to make sure the surgery is as safe as possible. For example, your doctor or nurse can tell you how to wash with an antibiotic soap the day before surgery. You can also give your doctor or nurse a list of all your medications, including vitamins, herbal medicines and over-the-counter medications. You should also tell your doctor or nurse about any allergies and bad reactions to anesthesia. Sometimes patients get an infection after surgery, even if the hospital took steps to prevent it. Here are signs to look out for:

  • the surgical wound is red, hot, and swollen
  • you have a fever of over 100 degrees after you go home
  • a smelly or yellow/green fluid is coming out of the wound
  • your pain is increasing even though you are taking pain medication

Call your doctor or local hospital immediately if you have any of these signs.

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These scores tell you about how often patients had certain serious, but potentially preventable complications (listed below) related to medical or surgical inpatient hospital care.

Where does the score come from? The information comes from documenting certain events in patient medical records. These events are then “coded” by the hospital for billing Medicare. Coded information is sometimes called “administrative” data.

This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to look at how often patients experienced certain complications that might have been preventable.

Lower numbers are better.

How is Euclid Hospital doing with preventing certain serious complications?
July 2011 – June 2013

Rate per 1,000 Hospitalized Patients
Serious Complication U.S. National Average Euclid Hospital
Death among surgical patients with serious treatable complications 118.52 119.56*
Collapsed lung due to medical treatment 0.41 0.38*
Blood clot in the lung or large vein after surgery 4.67 6.52*
Wound that splits open after surgery 1.91 2.33*
Accidental cut or tear during surgery or other procedure 1.96 2.43*
Eight difference complicatins (combined) 0.88 1.08*

Includes only people with “regular” Medicare. People in Medicare Advantage (managed care plans) and people who do not have Medicare are not included.

* The difference between Euclid Hospital and the national average is not significant. This means that Euclid Hospital’s rate is basically the same as the national average.

What is Euclid Hospital doing to improve?

Euclid Hospital has many initiatives underway to keep patients safe. Standard “best” practices are the key to success. Examples:

  • To prevent collapsed lungs due to medical treatment, Euclid Hospital implemented a standard procedure for placing and checking central lines (small tubes inserted and passed into a large vein or the heart).
  • To prevent blood clots in the lung or large vein after surgery, Euclid Hospital implemented a standard approach that includes checking each hospitalized patient’s risk for blood clots and providing medications or other treatment as indicated.

    Updated: December 2014

Preventing Patient Falls

Nationally, falls are a leading cause of hospital patient injury. A fall is more likely to occur in an environment that is unfamiliar such as a hospital room. Other risks for falling in the hospital include: medications that cause dizziness and tests or treatments that make you feel weak or unsteady. Some falls cause moderate to severe injuries.

How is Euclid Hospital Doing at Preventing Falls with Injuries?

This score tells you how many patients fell during their hospital stay and had a moderate or serious injury such as a cut that needed stitches, a head injury or a hip fracture.

This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to look at how many patients are moderately or seriously injured due to falls.

Lower numbers are better.

Euclid Hospital (January 2013 – December 2013) 4
Target 0
What we are doing to prevent falls

All hospitals aim for zero patient injuries. Our fall prevention efforts include: identifying patients who are at risk for falls, checking on them frequently, assisting them to the bathroom and providing non-skid footwear. Caregivers make sure patients have all necessary items, including a call light, within easy reach.

Updated: March 2014

Keep in mind that you should not choose a hospital based solely on reported data.
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