Knee Replacement - Clinical Data

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 recommended treatments that are known to get the best results for patients.  Risk-adjusted mortality measures are a quality indicator of hospital performance.


Mortality Rate for First-Time Knee Replacement

A low number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of  primary knee surgery patients with osteoarthritis who die during their hospital stay.

The Expected Mortality shown in this comparison is a calculated measure developed by the University HealthSystem Consortium, and it is based on "risk adjustment" information about Fletcher Allen patients. It reflects the fact that some patients are sicker than others or have preexisting conditions that make death more likely. This measure shows Fletcher Allen actual and predicted outcomes as well as our performance in relationship to other academic medical centers.

Why it’s important

A low mortality rate is an indicator of a good patient care process. This measure shows how Fletcher Allen compares with medical centers nationwide.


Chart Source Data -  
University HealthSystem Consortium

Infection-Free Rate for First-Time Knee Replacement

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of orthopedic knee replacement surgery patients who acquire an infection of the joint during one year following the surgery. This data was collected by Fletcher Allen Infection Control Department.

Why it’s important

Controlling infection is a crucial component of a high-quality outcome.

More about this measure

Fletcher Allen is vigilant regarding hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections. Our Infection Control Department performs continuous surveillance for hospital-acquired infections.

Chart Source Data - Fletcher Allen #4

Overall Surgical Care Improvement Project

The Joint Commission Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures are a category of evidence-based metrics that assess the overall use of antibiotics for surgical infection prevention.

A high number is better.

What this means

This measures the overall use of indicated antibiotics for surgical infection prevention.

Why it's important

Surgical patients whose use of antibiotics are managed effectively generally have better overall outcomes.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #2