Heart transplant: graft survival at one year after transplant
A “graft” refers to the transplanted organ. Graft survival refers to the success of the heart transplant. Sometimes the heart transplant, or graft, may fail, but the person may survive if he or she is able to have a second transplant.
While some patients have a higher risk of graft failure than others, some graft failures may be avoidable. If a hospital has a significantly higher percentage of graft survivals, it may indicate that the hospital provides a higher level of patient care. The expected graft survival rates do not account for all factors contributing to graft survival within a year after transplant. For example, a small number of cases can negatively affect the graft survival rate substantially.
About this measure
The first graph below shows the percentage of graft survival after one year for heart transplants performed at the hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.
Note: According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the national registry responsible for this measure, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's graft survival rate is statistically the same as what is expected for similar patients.
In this case, a higher number is better.