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Death among patients in usually low-mortality conditions

Low-mortality refers to a low chance that the patient may die.  Patients admitted to the hospital have a range of diagnoses. Patients who are very sick, with certain diagnoses, may be more likely to die. Patients who are admitted with diagnoses that are not as critical should not die while they are in the hospital. This measure tracks patients who died even though their diagnosis was not critical. This can happen if a patient experiences an unusual complication. While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable. Because these deaths are relatively rare, a small number of deaths can affect the rate substantially. A lower death rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of in-hospital deaths per 1000 patients with a diagnosis which typically has a low mortality rate. Trauma, cancer, and immunocompromised patients are excluded from these statistics.

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

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.