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Breathing failure after surgery

This measure tracks patients who were unable to breathe on their own after surgery and needed the help of a ventilator, a machine that helps patients breathe. If patients have breathing problems after surgery, doctors usually order special treatment, called respiratory therapy, to make sure they get enough oxygen into their bloodstream. However, some patients - such as those who were especially ill before surgery - may still not be able to breathe on their own.

However, if a hospital has a higher rate of breathing failure among its surgical patients, it may be a sign that it isn't providing high-quality and effective care. Average or lower rates of breathing failure may be a sign of that the hospital's health care professionals are using good techniques to protect their patients from breathing failure.

Breathing Failure After Surgery


July 2009- 
June 2011

MU Health Care No different than U.S. national rate

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