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Study Finds PCI Data Mostly Unaffected by Including Shock Patients

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MedPage Today writes: The addition of shock patients to public reporting made no difference to risk-adjusted mortality rates after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in New York state, researchers found, though some hospitals and physicians were still associated with more-than-expected deaths. Researchers tested what would happen with New York’s Percutaneous Coronary Interventions Reporting System under two circumstances: the inclusion of refractory shock patients and the exclusion of all shock patients. Neither model significantly changed the registry’s risk-adjusted mortality rates, with a minimum correlation of 0.92 for hospital-level scores, the researchers reported.

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