High rate cited at Worcester facility
UMass Memorial Medical Center abruptly stopped doing open heart surgeries this week because an unusually high percentage of cardiac patients have died after bypass operations since 2003.
Doctors at the hospital in Worcester have known for two years about problems in the heart surgery program, including, at one time, a high infection rate. But they did not alert patients or the public or suspend operations until afterstate public health officials presented them with a detailed analysis last week showing that the hospital's death rate for coronary artery bypasssurgery patients was nearlytwice the average for Massachusetts hospitals.
The hospital says that from 2003 through this August, 38 patients have died within a month of undergoing the surgery, out of 917 such operations.
UMass canceled about 10 surgeries scheduled for this week, following a telephone call last Friday during which the hospital and state health officials agreed that the program should be suspended. UMass surgeons will still be able to perform bypass operations on emergency patients who cannot wait.
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Sep 29, '05
Quote from siri
I, too, would question whether lower socio-economic factors came into play.
Wouldn't all hospitals which serve "lower socioeconomic status" patients suffer from the same statistics, then?
Last edit by bluesky on Sep 29, '05