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Sepsis after general or vascular surgery

Sepsis is a serious medical condition in which the body has a severe inflammatory response to an infection.  Sepsis is considered a medical emergency because it can progress quickly and can affect several different body organs.  Sepsis is a potential complication of surgery and hospitalization.  

To learn more about sepsis infection, click here.

About this measure

This measure tracks patients who had general or vascular surgery and developed sepsis after surgery, based on a sampling methodology developed by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).

The rate of sepsis after general or vascular surgery patients is expressed as an odds ratio. This reports the estimated odds of an event happening at Northwestern Memorial compared to the estimated odds of that event happening in all hospitals in the ACS NSQIP database. A number of 1.0 means the hospital is performing as expected. A number less than 1.0 means the hospital is performing better than expected. A number greater than 1.0 means the hospital is performing worse than expected.  

In this case, a lower number is better.