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.

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98
National Average 97
State Average 98
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 97 98 97 97 96 96 98 98
National Average 95 96 96 96 97 97 97 97
State Average 96 96 97 97 97 97 98 98
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
SCIP Card 2 Perioperative beta-blocker (BB) rec'd in patients on BB prior to admission