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Surgical Patient Outcomes

Rush's surgical patient outcomes

The American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) is an outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care across surgical specialties. As a participant in the program, Rush University Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that is used to help improve patient safety and quality of surgical care.

Here are Rush's most recent data from January to December 2012 in the following areas:

Surgical site infection
Urinary tract infection
Renal failure
Pneumonia
Cardiac complications
Unplanned intubation
Ventilator greater than 48 hours
Deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism
Return to operating room
Morbidity
Mortality

Surgical site infection rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 4.40 percent developed a surgical site infection within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Urinary tract infection rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 0.70 percent developed a urinary tract infection within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Renal failure rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 1.0 percent developed renal failure within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Pneumonia rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 1.0 percent developed pneumonia within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to  the national average.

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Cardiac complications rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 0.50 percent developed cardiac complications within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Unplanned intubation rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 1.50 percent had an unplanned intubation within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Ventilator rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 1.50 percent were ventilated for longer than 48 hours within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than the national average.

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/pulmonary embolism (PE) rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 0.90 percent developed deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Return to operating room

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 3.0 percent returned to the operating room within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Morbidity rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 9.30 percent reported incidence of a disease related to the surgery (morbidity) within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly the national average.

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Mortality (death) rates

This measure shows among vascular or general surgery patients at Rush, 1.1 pecent died within the 30 days following surgery.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of readmissions 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 score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly the national average.

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