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Liver transplant - patient survival at one year after transplant

A liver transplant involves surgically replacing one person’s malfunctioning liver with a liver or part of a liver from an organ donor.  Liver donors may be deceased or living, donating a portion of their liver (it will grow back).

While some patients have higher risks than others, some complications contributing to patient death may be avoidable. If a hospital has a significantly better survival rate, it may indicate that it provides a higher level of patient care. The national and “expected” survival rates do not account for all factors contributing to death within a year after transplant. Because these events are rare, a small number of cases can affect the rate substantially.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients who are still alive at one year after their transplant out of all patients who received a liver transplant at the hospital.  

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.