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Patient Safety Indicators

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed patient safety indicators to measure potential inpatient complications following certain procedures. Although not all the complications identified in these indicators are preventable, the process of monitoring patient safety indicators shows hospitals where to focus their attention for further review.

How Rush performs on patient safety indicators

This measurement is an average of 11 indicators and shows that we had 30 percent fewer potential complications than expected based on how sick the patients were.

The indicators include the following: 

  • Pressure ulcer
  • Iatrogenic pneumothorax
  • Central venous catheter-related bloodstream infection
  • Postoperative hip fracture
  • Postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombus
  • Postoperative sepsis
  • Postoperative wound dehiscence
  • Accidental puncture or laceration
  • Postoperative hemorrhage or hematoma
  • Postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangements
  • Postoperative respiratory failure