Heart Surgery - Quality Research Measures

Clinical measures have been identified by The Joint Commission as being important indicators of care quality.  A process of care measure shows how often hospitals give recommend treatments that are known to get the best results for patients.  Risk-adjusted mortality measures are a quality indicator of hospital performance.


Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Mortality Rate

A lower number is better.

What this means

This measures the percent of hospitalized CABG patients in the Study Group who died following their procedure.

Why this is important

A low mortality rate is an indicator of a good patient care process. This measure shows how Fletcher Allen compares with the Study Group result.

Chart Source Data - Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group

Return to Operating Room for Post-Operative Bleeding

A lower number is better.

What this means

This measures the percent of CABG patients in the Study Group who needed to return to the operating room for open-chest surgery to control bleeding.

Why this is important

A low rate of return to the operating room is an indicator of a good patient care process. This measure shows how Fletcher Allen compares with the Study Group result.

Chart Source Data - Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group

Use of Mammary Artery

A higher number is better.

What this means

This measures the percent of CABG patients in the Study Group whose mammary artery was grafted to bypass the blocked portion of a coronary artery during the procedure.

Why this is important

A high mammary artery use rate is an indicator of a good patient care process. This measure shows how Fletcher Allen compares with the Study Group result.

Chart Source Data - Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group

Cerebrovascular Accident Rate

A lower number is better.

What this means

This measures the percent of CABG patients in the Study Group who, following surgery, experienced a cerebrovascular accident (stroke) in which a new, unchanging neurological problem lasted at least 24 hours.

Why this is important

A low cerebrovascular accident rate (stroke rate) is an indicator of a good patient care process. This measure shows how Fletcher Allen compares with the Study Group result.

Chart Source Data - Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group