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Accidental puncture or cut during abdominal or pelvic surgery

In the majority of cases, surgeons only cut what they intend to cut to perform the surgery. However, there are cases of accidental cutting of other organs or tissues in the body, typically near the surgical site.

This measure is important because some accidental cuts or lacerations during medical or surgical procedures can require additional surgery or treatment and can have longer-term consequences. While some patients or procedures have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be preventable.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of patients who had abdominal or pelvis surgery and suffered accidental cuts during surgery which required a second procedure in the abdomen or pelvis one or more days after the initial surgery. It excludes obstetric admissions. This measure shows the number of patients who had a second abdominal or pelvis procedure out of every 1000 patients who had abdominal or pelvis surgery.

A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

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.