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 Lutheran Hospital doing with preventing certain serious complications?
|July 2012 – June 2014
||Rate per 1,000 Hospitalized Patients
||U.S. National Average
|Death among surgical patients with serious treatable complications
|Collapsed lung due to medical treatment
|Blood clot in the lung or large vein after surgery
|Wound that splits open after surgery
||too few cases to rate
|Accidental cut or tear during surgery or other procedure
|Eight different complications (combined)
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 Lutheran Hospital and the national average is not significant. This means that Lutheran Hospital’s rate is basically the same as the national average.
^Lutheran Hospital's and the national average are the same.
What is Lutheran Hospital doing to improve?
Lutheran 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, Lutheran 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, Lutheran 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: June 2015