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Gastrointestinal bleeding mortality

A gastrointestinal hemorrhage is bleeding in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract begins at the throat (pharynx) and ends at the rectum. This type of bleeding has many causes, and the degree of blood loss can range from nearly undetectable, microscopic amounts to massive, life-threatening amounts.

Gastrointestinal bleeding can lead to death if it is not controlled. While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable. A lower death rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

Mortality rate is the statistical measure of the number of people who die. This measure tracks the number of patient deaths in the hospital per every 100 patients with a GI hemorrhage.

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.