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Date Updated:
Thu Jul 25 2019

766, Leapfrog Group, https://www.leapfroggroup.org

Carotid artery surgery

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.

Carotid endarterectomy, also known as carotid artery surgery, is a surgical procedure to open or clean the carotid artery with the goal of preventing a stroke. The buildup of fatty, waxy deposits in blood vessels located on each side of the neck may restrict blood flow to the brain. Removing these deposits can reduce the risk of stroke.

Research has shown that patients have better outcomes when they have their carotid endarterectomy performed at a hospital and by a surgeon that have more experience with the procedure. These include lower mortality rates, lower complication rates, and a shorter length of stay than for patients who have their surgery done at a hospital or by a surgeon with less experience. Hospitals should also have processes and protocols in place to ensure that surgeries are not performed when not needed, known as surgical appropriateness.

About this measure

To fully meet standards:

  • The hospital met the minimum hospital volume standard for carotic artery surgery; and
  • The hospital’s process for privileging surgeons includes meeting or exceeding the minimum surgeon volume standard.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets the Standard

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