Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair (Leapfrog Group)

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.
“Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery repairs a weakened main artery to the bottom half of the body before it bursts and causes death. Patients undergoing an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair should choose a hospital that is predicted to have the best odds of having their patients survive the surgery.”
“Select a hospital with lots of experience and the best results for specific procedures, surgeries or conditions. This is known as Evidence Based Hospital Referral (High risk procedures). Evidence-based hospital referral means making sure that patients with high-risk conditions are treated at hospitals with characteristics shown to be associated with better outcomes.”
“Patients can expect the safest possible surgery at hospitals with low mortality rates or high rates of adherence to clinical practices (or processes) known to improve surgical outcomes…. Another important factor related to better surgical outcomes is volume — how many procedures of a given type a hospital performs each year.”
About this measure
The Leapfrog Group scores abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery using data on Volume, Survival or Mortality, and Processes of Care. The score also reflects cost (number of days a patient is in the hospital for this procedure, on average). Scores are reported as:
1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets Standards
Note: In this case, a higher number is better.
Most Recent Available Data (Leapfrog Points)
Northwestern Memorial 4
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4
Performance Trend (Leapfrog Points)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Northwestern Memorial 4 2 3 4 4 4
Leapfrog Goal Fully Meets Standards 4 4 4 4 4 4
Source:Leapfrog Group, www.leapfroggroup.org
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair