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Unplanned reintubation following vascular or general surgery

Intubation involves placing a tube in the windpipe to assist with breathing. After intubation the patient will then be attached to a mechanical ventilator (breathing machine) to assist with breathing. After surgery when the patient is able to breathe on their own, the tube is removed (extubated). If the patient must be intubated again, it is called reintubation.

All surgeries involve risk and the possibility of complications. While some patients have higher risks than others, some complications may be preventable.

About this measure

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

The rate of unplanned reintubation for general and 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.