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The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

Surgical care

Surgery is an important part of modern health care. Surgical procedures can save and improve patients' lives, but like any medical treatment, they also carry risks, such as surgery-related infections. To minimize those risks, we follow strict guidelines that are proven by medical research to reduce the risk of surgical complications. The below chart lists some of the procedures we follow and shows how we compare to other hospitals.

Surgical Care Data
October 2011 - September 2012

Performance Measures

MU Health Care average

 Missouri average

U.S. average 

Patients taking beta blockers before surgery were kept on beta blockers just before and after surgery 99% 96% 97%
Patients who received an antibiotic before surgery to prevent infection 100% 98% 98%
Patients who received the right kind of antibiotic 99% 99% 99%
Patients whose preventative antibiotics were stopped within 24 hours after surgery 98% 97% 97%
Patients whose blood sugar is kept under control in the days after surgery 98% 96% 96%
Patients whose urinary catheters were removed on the first or second day after surgery 97% 94% 96%
Patients whose doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots after surgery 100% 99% 98%
Patients who received treatment within 24 hours of surgery to prevent blood clots 100% 98% 98%
Patients having surgery who were actively warmed in the operating room or whose body temperature was near normal by the end of surgery 100%  100% 100% 
Patients who received an antibiotic before outpatient surgery to prevent infection 99% 98% 97%
Patients who received the right kind of antibiotic before outpatient surgery  98%  98%  97%

Why is the data on this website from several months ago?

The federal government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects information on how well University of Missouri Health Care and other hospitals throughout the country perform on important measures of health care quality. The information they collect includes data on how heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are treated, along with the treatment of surgical patients.

The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. For example, in May 2011, the most recent publicly available information was for the yearlong period between October 2009 to September 2010.

Tips for health care professionals

To view surgical care tips for health care professionals, please click here.

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