Serious complications related to medical or surgical inpatient care

Why is this measure important?

An inpatient is someone who is admitted to the hospital for surgical or medical treatment who must stay in the hospital at least one night. Sometimes inpatients can experience serious problems (complications) after their surgeries or treatments. These complications can cause patients more harm and can result in a need for more surgery and medical treatment.
Hospitals have guidelines in place to protect inpatients from these complications. Hospitals following these safety guidelines will likely have low rates of serious complications related to medical or surgical inpatient care.

What does this measure show?

This measure shows the percentage of adult inpatients that experienced a serious complication related to surgery or medical treatment they received during their hospital stay. It is a summary measure of eight different complications. These include:
1.    Medical treatments that result in collapsed lungs
2.    Blood clots in the lung or a large vein after surgery
3.    Wounds that split open after surgery
4.    Accidental cuts and tears
5.    Pressure sores (bedsores)
6.    Infections from large venous catheters
7.    Broken hips as a result of falling after surgery
8.    Bloodstream infections from surgery
Northwestern Memorial’s performance on this measure is placed into one of three categories based on how it compares to the performance of other hospitals (referred to as a national benchmark). These categories are:
·         Better than the benchmark
·         No different than the benchmark
·         Worse than the benchmark
Northwestern Memorial’s most recent rate in this measure is considered to be “No different than the U.S. National Rate.”
For this measure, a lower number is better.