Death among patients in usually low-mortality conditions
This group identifies patients who died with a diagnosis in one of the DRG classifications with a typically low mortality rate. Such a patient may have experienced an unusual complication. While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable. Because these deaths are relatively rare, a small number of deaths can affect the rate substantially. A lower death rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the number of in-hospital deaths per 1000 patients with a diagnosis which typically has a low mortality rate. Trauma, cancer, and immunocompromised patients are excluded from these statistics.
Note: In this case, a lower number is better.
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