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Mortality Rates by Service

Mortality (or death) rates by service tell us how many patients die relative to what is expected, given a variety of complicating characteristics. These includer age, chronic conditions like diabetes or heart failure, or whether the patient was transferred from another hospital or admitted as an emergency.

These measures are reported by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's not-for-profit academic medical centers.

Below are death rates for specific types of care at Rush.

Hospital overall mortality (death)

This measurement shows 30 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Bone marrow transplant mortality (death)

This measurement shows among bone marrow transplant patients, 46 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Cardiology mortality (death)

This measurement shows among cardiology patients, 41 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

General medicine mortality (death)

This measurement shows among general medicine patients, 39 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

General surgery mortality (death)

This measurement shows among general surgery patients, 17 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Neurology mortality (death)

This measurement shows among neurology patients, 24 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Neurosurgery mortality (death)

This measurement shows among neurosurgery patients, 29 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Orthopedics mortality (death)

This measurement shows among orthopedics patients, 67 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

Spine surgery mortality (death)

This measurement shows among spinal surgery patients, 71 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than than expected.