Wed Jul 17 2019
Urinary tract infection following vascular or general surgery
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects any part of the urinary tract, consisting of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The most common type of UTI is a bladder infection.
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 urinary tract infection 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 urinary tract infection 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.