Iatrogenic pneumothorax (lung injury due to medical care)

A Pneumothorax is a type of lung injury that allows air to leak into the area between the lungs and the chest wall, which causes mild to severe chest pain and shortness of breath. An Iatrogenic Pneumothorax is one which was caused by medical treatment, often as an incidental event during a procedure such as a pacemaker insertion.

Most cases of iatrogenic pneumothorax are not serious and do not require any treatment.  It is our goal to improve our patient outcomes and minimize the number of patients who experience iatrogenic pneumothorax

While some cases do not require any treatment, a pneumothorax can lead to serious complications. Because these events are relatively rare, a small number of cases can affect the rate substantially.  A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of cases of iatrogenic pneumothorax out of every 1000 patients in the hospital, not including trauma patients.   

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

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 1000)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 0.4
National Average 0.4
Performance Trend (Rate per 1000)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.3 0 0.1 0.4 0.4
National Average 0.43 0.43 0.42 0.42 0.42 0.42 0.42 0.4
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, www.ahrq.gov
Iatrogenic pneumothorax