Kidney transplant - patient survival at one year after transplant

A kidney transplant involves surgically implanting or placing a kidney from another person (donor) into the body of someone who has permanent kidney failure. Kidney donors may be living, as people only need one kidney to survive, or deceased.

While some patients have higher risks than others, some complications contributing to patient death may be avoidable.  If a hospital has a significantly better survival rate, it may indicate that it provides a higher level of patient care. The national and “expected” survival rates do not account for all factors contributing to death within a year after transplant. Because these events are rare, a small number of cases can affect the rate substantially.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients who are still alive at one year after their transplant out of all patients who received a kidney transplant at the hospital.

Note: According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the national registry responsible for this measure, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's patient survival rate is statistically lower than what is expected for similar patients.

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2012
Northwestern Memorial 96
National Average 97
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 97.3 98 98 97 96 96
National Average 96.4 97 97 97 97 97
Source:Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, www.ustransplant.org
Kidney patient survival