the only problem i have with the mortality stats, is that they (nobody) ever takes into account the accuity of the pts that have died, what other major chronic illnesses those pts have.
for instance, esr, brittle diabetes, 2 or three cabgs in the past, smoker, overweight, pulmonary htn, many docs would not redo cabg, that particular pt would get sent to us.
granted our overall mortality may be higher than some other hospitals in the area, but those hospitals have transfered those particular extremelyl high risk pts to us because we are considered the best.
we also specialize in nec fasc. the mortality rate of pts with nec fasc is already high.
anyway, if one looks at the report cards, we got high mortality rating and thus a low grade, however if you compare the 'accuity of the pts we do surgeries on, and compare to other hospitals that may or may not do the procedure, our mortality would be much lower then that.
geez did that make sense?