Inpatient surgical care: beta-blockers given to surgical patients currently on beta-blocker therapy
Beta blockers are prescription medications used to treat certain types of heart disease. They cause the heart to beat more slowly and with less force, which reduces blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow. If a patient is on beta-blocker therapy prior to surgery, beta blocker therapy should be continued when they are admitted to the hospital for surgery.
If a patient needs beta blockers, the hospital should provide beta blockers before and during surgery. A higher percent may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
About this measure
This measure tracks the percentage of all surgery patients who were given a beta-blocker during the perioperative surgical period.
Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.