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Health Care-acquired Conditions


The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on health care-acquired conditions, as well as hospitals' treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia treatment, and other important measures of health care quality.

Health care-acquired conditions

Every medical treatment carries a certain risk of side effects. Because of that, health care professionals are careful when prescribing treatments and follow strict precautions to reduce the risk of health care-acquired conditions.

Health Care Complications Data
July 2009 - June 2011

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

Collapsed lung due to medical treatment No different than U.S. national rate
Serious blood clots after surgery Better than U.S. national rate
A wound that splits open after surgery on the abdomen or pelvis No different than U.S. national rate
Accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment No different than U.S. national rate
Mortality among patients with serious treatable complications after surgery No different than U.S. national rate
Breathing failure after surgery No different than U.S. national rate

Health Care-acquired Conditions Data
July 2009 - June 2011

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

U.S. average 

Objects accidentally left in the body after surgery 0 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.028 per 1,000 patient discharges
Air bubble in the bloodstream 0 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.003 per 1,000 patient discharges 
Mismatched blood types 0 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.001 per 1,000 patient discharges
Severe pressure sores 0.327 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.136 per 1,000 patient discharges
Falls and injuries 0.327 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.527 per 1,000 patient discharges
Blood infection from a catheter in a large vein  0.245 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.372 per 1,000 patient discharges
Infection from a urinary catheter 0.245 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.358 per 1,000 patient discharges
Signs of uncontrolled blood sugar 0.164 per 1,000 patient discharges 0.058 per 1,000 patient discharges

Health Care-acquired Infections Data
July 2009 - June 2011

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

Central line-associated bloodstream infections   Better than U.S. national rate
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections  No different than U.S. national rate
Surgical-site infections from colon surgery  No different than U.S. national rate

Why is the data on this website from several months ago?

The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. For example, in May 2011, the most recent publicly available information was for the yearlong period between October 2009 to September 2010.

Tips for health care professionals

To view tips for health care professionals to prevent health care-acquired conditions, please click here.

More specialized care standards

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