Inpatient surgical care: management of blood sugar after heart surgery

An abnormal increase in blood sugar levels post surgery have been associated with increased in-hospital complications, including surgical site infections. A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of care.

About this measure

The first graph below shows the percentage of cardiac surgery patients who have a controlled (good) blood sugar level at 6 a.m. on day one and day two following heart surgery.  The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 92
National Average 96
State Average 97
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 92 92 92 96 96 91 93 92
National Average 95 95 95 96 96 96 96 96
State Average 94 94 95 96 96 96 96 97
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
SCIP-Inf-4 Cardiac Surgery Patients With Controlled 6 A.M. Postoperative Serum Glucose