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Quality and Safety Measures

UW Health's commitment to quality and patient safety includes providing patients with important information about the quality of the care we provide.

 

Conditions and Quality Measures

 

Below we compare UW Health care to national averages for four common, important conditions: heart attack, heart failure, stroke and pneumonia. For each condition we consider:

  • Patient mortality: The percentage of patients who die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital.
  • Hospital readmission: The percentage of patients who need to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being released from the hospital. 

The Bottom Line

 

For all four conditions, UW Health care is on par with national averages.

 

Quality: Heart Attack Care

What is a heart attack?

 

Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries bring blood and oxygen to the heart. If the blood flow is blocked, the heart starves for oxygen and heart cells die. Learn more about heart attacks

 

Measuring Patient Mortality

 

One way to evaluate heart attack care is to compare the percentage of a hospital's heart attack patients who die within 30 days of receiving care to the national average.

 

Measuring Hospital Readmission

 

Another way to evaluate heart attack care is to compare the percentage of heart attack patients who need to be readmitted to the hospital 30 days or fewer after being released from the hospital to the national average.

 

How is UW Health doing?

  • UW Health's patient mortality percentage is 14, slightly lower than the national average of 14.2 percent.
  • UW Health's hospital readmission percentage is 17.7, slightly higher than the national average of 17 percent.

Statistically, UW Health's heart attack care is on par with national averages relative to these two measures.

Quality: Heart Failure Care

What is heart failure?

 

Heart failure means your heart is not pumping enough blood to your body. It can be caused by heart attacks and several diseases, including heart valve disease and diabetes. Learn about UW Health's heart failure program

 

Measuring Patient Mortality

 

One way to evaluate heart failure care is to compare the percentage of a hospital's heart failure patients who die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital to the national average.

 

Measuring Hospital Readmission

 

Another way to evaluate heart failure care is to compare the percentage of heart failure patients who need to be readmitted to the hospital 30 days or fewer after being released from the hospital to the national average.

 

How is UW Health doing?

  • UW Health's patient mortality percentage is 11, slightly lower than the national average of 11.6 percent.
  • UW Health's hospital readmission percentage is 21.1, slightly lower than the national average of 22 percent.

Statistically, UW Health's heart failure care is on par with national averages relative to these two measures.

Quality: Stroke Care

What is stroke?

 

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Learn about UW Health's comprehensive stroke program

 

Measuring Patient Mortality

 

One way to evaluate stroke care is to compare the percentage of a hospital's stroke patients who die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital to the national average.

 

Measuring Hospital Readmission

 

Another way to evaluate stroke care is to compare the percentage of stroke patients who need to be readmitted to the hospital 30 days or fewer after being released from the hospital to the national average.

 

How is UW Health doing?

  • UW Health's patient mortality percentage is 16.2, slightly higher than the national average of 14.8 percent.
  • UW Health's hospital readmission percentage is 10.5, slightly lower than the national average of 12.7 percent.

Statistically, UW Health's stroke care is on par with national averages relative to these two measures.

Quality: Pneumonia

What is pneumonia?

 

Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria or a virus. Learn more about pneumonia

 

Measuring Patient Mortality

 

One way to evaluate pneumonia care is to compare the percentage of a hospital's pneumonia patients who die within 30 days of going to the hospital to the national average.

 

Measuring Hospital Readmission

 

Another way to evaluate pneumonia care is to compare the percentage of pneumonia patients who need to be readmitted to the hospital 30 days or fewer after being released from the hospital to the national average.

 

How is UW Health doing?

  • UW Health's patient mortality percentage is 10.7, slightly lower than the national average of 11.5 percent.
  • UW Health's hospital readmission percentage is 15.9, slightly lower than the national average of 16.9 percent.

Statistically, UW Health's pneumonia care is on par with national averages relative to these two measures.