Mortality Rates for Medical Conditions, Procedures Vary Across Calif.
Mortality rates for common medical conditions and procedures vary among hospitals across California, according to data released by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Details of Data
The data -- which are from 2012 -- were collected, analyzed and vetted with hospitals before being released by OSHPD.
Joe Parker, manager of the office's Healthcare Outcomes Center, said that while the statistics might have changed over the last two years, the data are still valuable as "reports do show consistency at hospitals over time" (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 12/1).
According to a summary of the findings, 193 hospitals in the state were rated as "average" on 12 indicators, including six medical conditions and six procedures.
Meanwhile, the data show that:
- 59 state hospitals were rated better than the state average on at least one indicator; and
- 79 were rated worse than the state average on at least one indicator.
Statewide mortality rates for the medical conditions were:
- 9.6% for acute stroke;
- 6.3% for heart attack;
- 4% for pneumonia;
- 3% for heart failure;
- 2.3% for hip fracture; and
- 2.1% for intestinal bleeding.
Statewide mortality rates for the medical procedures were:
- 7.1% for craniotomy;
- 5.7% for esophageal resection;
- 2.5% for percutaneous coronary intervention;
- 2.4% for pancreatic resection;
- 1.1% for abdominal aortic aneurism repair; and
- 0.5% for carotid endarterectomy (OSHPD report, May 2014).