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Report Shows Variation in Survival Rates for High-Risk Surgeries in U.S. Hospitals

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The Leapfrog Group released a report, “Predicting Patient Survival of High-Risk Surgeries,” which shows that across U.S. hospitals, the survival rates for four high-risk procedures varies significantly and that most hospitals surveyed do not meet Leapfrog’s standard for each procedure. The results demonstrate that the choice of hospital for these operations can mean the difference between life and death.

The in-depth examination looked at survival rates of four high-risk surgeries, including: removing all or part of the pancreas (pancreatectomy), removing all or part of the esophagus (esophagectomy), repair of the major vessel supplying blood to the body (abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA) and replacement of the aortic valve in the heart (AVR).  Only 17 percent of surveyed hospitals fully meet Leapfrog’s standard for AVRs, approximately 30 percent meet the standard for esophagectomies and AAA repairs, and 42 percent meet Leapfrog’s standard for pancreatectomies.

Download the full report: “Predicting Patient Survival of High-Risk Surgeries,”. Other related publicly available resources from The Leapfrog Group include:

This report is the second in a series of six reports examining key quality and safety measures at hospitals nationwide, based on data taken from the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,501 U.S. hospitals.

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