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Sepsis after surgery

Sepsis is a serious medical condition in which a bacterial infection moves into the blood. When sepsis occurs following a surgery, it may be considered postoperative sepsis.

It is a serious potential complication of surgery and hospitalization. While some patients have higher risks for complications than others, some of these complications may be preventable. A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of patients who developed sepsis in the hospital following a surgery out of every 1000 patients who had elective surgery and stayed in the hospital four days or more.

The source of data for NMH is Vizient. The source of benchmark data is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In this case, a lower number is better.