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Air bubble in the bloodstream

This measure tracks air embolisms, which are air or gas bubbles in a patient's blood vessels that block blood flow, like a heart attack or stroke. Air bubbles can enter the bloodstream during surgery or other medical procedures.

Hospitals follow careful procedures to prevent this condition, for example, removing air from syringes before giving injections. Average or lower rates of bloodstream air bubbles may be a sign that the hospital's health care professionals are carefully following practices to prevent its occurrence.

Air Bubble in the Bloodstream


July 2009- 
June 2011

MU Health Care 0 per 1,000 patient discharges
U.S. average 0.003 per 1,000 patient discharges

For the above table: Smaller numbers closer to zero are better.

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