Death rates at Nevada hospitals improved in seven of eight categories in the annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, but improvement rates in the state were lower than the national rate in many categories, writes Reno Gazette Journal.
According to the study, released last month, the state’s mortality rate of 6.86 percent is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.31 percent, but nationally, the rate showed much more improvement — 12.99 percent — than the state — 6.24 percent — from 2005 to 2007.
Mortality rates in Nevada improved from 2005 to 2007 in cardiac surgery and coronary interventional procedures and gastrointestinal, heart attack, heart failure, pulmonary and stroke treatment. The rate in critical care decreased slightly.
Death rates in the state were better than the national average in heart failure, pulmonary and stroke but worse in cardiac surgery, coronary interventional procedures, critical care, gastrointestinal and heart attack.