Heart attack mortality: not including patients who transferred

This measure focuses on the outcomes of patients admitted directly to a hospital with a heart attack who stay in that hospital for their entire episode of care. Heart attack is also referred to as an acute myocardial infarction or AMI.

Timely and effective treatments for a heart attack which are essential for patient survival, include appropriate use of thrombolytic therapy (drugs used to break up or dissolve blood clots) and revascularization (restoring blood flow through the coronary arteries). While some patients have higher risks than others, some complications may be preventable. A lower death rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

Mortality rate is the statistical measure of the number of people who die within a period of time. The first graph below tracks the number of patients with a heart attack who died in the hospital per 100 patients, excluding patients who were transferred, either to or from this hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1.9
National Average 6.4
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 6.4 3.2 1.4 1.5 1.7 0 0 1.9
National Average 6.78 6.78 6.16 6.16 6.16 6.16 6.16 6.4
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov