Sepsis after surgery

Sepsis is a serious medical condition in which a bacterial infection moves into the blood. When sepsis occurs following a surgery, it may be considered postoperative sepsis.

It is a serious potential complication of surgery and hospitalization. While some patients have higher risks for complications than others, some of these complications may be preventable. A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of patients who developed sepsis in the hospital following a surgery out of every 1000 patients who had elective surgery and stayed in the hospital four days or more.

In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 1000)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 4.9
National Average 12
Performance Trend (Rate per 1000)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 6.5 11 6.3 14 9.5 7.6 5.1 4.9
National Average 10.67 10.67 10.62 10.62 10.62 10.62 10.62 12
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
Post-operative sepsis