Diabetic or kidney problems following surgery

After surgery it is important to manage patients' blood sugar and fluids carefully.  This measure identifies patients who suffered uncontrolled blood sugar or harm to their kidneys following a wide range of elective surgeries. It is our goal to improve our patient outcomes and minimize the number of patients who experience post-operative physiologic/metabolic derangements.

Postoperative diabetic or kidney complications can be life-threatening and generally are not expected as complications of elective surgery. While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable. A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of elective surgery patients who had Physiologic and Metabolic Derangements, which are diabetic and kidney problems, in the hospital after elective surgery out of every 1000 patients who had surgery.

In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 1000)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 0
National Average 0.5
Performance Trend (Rate per 1000)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 0 1.4 0 1 2.6 0.5 0 0
National Average 0.48 0.48 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.5
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov
Post-operative physiologic metabolic