Accidental puncture or cut during surgery

In the majority of cases, surgeons only cut what they intend to cut to perform the surgery. However, there are cases of accidental cutting of other organs or tissues in the body, typically near the surgical site.

This measure is important because some accidental cuts or lacerations during medical or surgical procedures can require additional surgery or treatment and can have longer-term consequences. While some patients or procedures have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of surgical patients who suffered accidental cuts during surgery out of every 1000 patients who had surgery. It excludes obstetric admissions. A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

In this case, a lower number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 1000)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.6
National Average 2.5
Performance Trend (Rate per 1000)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.8 2 3.2 3.1 2.1 2.3 1.9 1.6
National Average 2.83 2.83 2.66 2.66 2.66 2.66 2.66 2.5
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
Accidental puncture laceration