Navigation Links
New Research Estimates 1500 Lives Could Be Saved Annually if the Lowest Performing Hospitals for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Performed as Well as Top-ranking Hospitals
Date:12/2/2008

ATLANTA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- New research estimates that 1500 lives could potentially be saved if U.S. hospitals with the highest risk-adjusted mortality rates (RAMR) for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery performed as well as hospitals with the lowest RAMR. The same study also found that the mortality rate for women was higher than men regardless of performance ranking, but the differential increased as performance declined. The study ranked US hospitals conducting CABG surgery into four performance tiers and determined whether there were overall and gender-specific differences in the mortality rates across the tiers. It was funded and conducted by Cardiac Data Solutions, Inc., in conjunction with leading physician researchers, and published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study found that the average RAMR among Medicare beneficiaries in 2003 and 2004 ranged from 1.4 percent among the highest performing hospitals, or those in Tier 1, to 6.4 percent in the fourth or lowest ranking tier. As noted in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "The relative risk of mortality for undergoing CABG surgery in a bottom tier hospital was 4.4 times that of a top-tier hospital," and "75% of the observed deaths of either male or female Medicare beneficiaries treated in a tier 4 hospital could be avoided if tier 4 hospitals could improve their performance to the average performance of top tier hospitals."

The gender differential against women, meanwhile, increased from .68 percent in Tier 1 to 2.67 percent in Tier 4. According to researchers, the increase in the gender difference in risk-adjusted mortality from Tier 1 to all other tiers is statistically significant.

"With CABG surgery being performed on an elective basis more often and at a growing number of hospitals, there is increasing interest and debate regarding performance ratings," said one of the authors, April Simon, RN, MSN, and president of Cardiac Data Solutions. "While we still need to understand the factors contributing to performance among hospitals and various patient populations, this study reinforces that CABG patients, especially women, would benefit from performance ratings based on lives saved and being treated at top performing hospitals."

The article also noted that the difference in relative mortality rates between the highest and lowest performing hospitals is greater than the reduction in mortality rates seen over the past ten years as the result of clinical advances in CABG surgery.

Hospital administrators and chief medical officers interested in how their hospitals ranked are invited to send their name, title and facility name to cdsinfo@cardiacdatasolutions.com.

The lead researchers for the study were Steven D. Culler, PhD, associate professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and April W. Simon, MSN, president, Cardiac Data Solutions. Other researchers included: Phillip Brown, MD, cardiovascular surgeon (retired) and past chairman, Department of Surgery, Centennial Medical Center; Aaron Kugelmass, M.D., director of Cardiac Catheterization at Henry Ford Hospital; Matthew R. Reynolds, MD, electrophysiologist and director, Economics and Quality of Life Core Lab, Harvard Clinical Research Institute; and Kimberly J Rask, MD, PhD, research associate professor and director, Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

About Cardiac Data Solutions, Inc. (CDS)

Founded in 1999, Cardiac Data Solutions, Inc. (CDS) provides consultation services, data analysis, clinical benchmarks, management tools, research support services and leadership training to hospitals, physicians, payors, manufacturers and the financial community. CDS is focused solely on the cardiovascular market with the primary mission of supporting and improving clinical and business decisions to improve the quality of patient care. Using a proprietary data analysis tool with comprehensive and current data on clinical outcomes, CDS helps identify opportunities for improvement and develop evidence-based strategies to achieve them. For more information, visit http://www.cardiacdatasolutions.com.

     CONTACT:
     Karen Conway
     303-564-2147
     719-488-0359

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Cardiac Data Solutions, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Arthritis Foundation bestows prestigious national research award
2. Dynamics Group AG Publishes Research Report on Senetek
3. HealthMetrix Research Finds Medicare Advantage Plans Offer Seniors Opportunity to Lower Their 2009 Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
4. Surprise discovery made in cancer research
5. VisEn Co-Founder Named Radiologic Societys Outstanding Researcher of the Year
6. Children Tell Researchers: Well Get Fit if Its Fun
7. China West II Files Suit Against Genesis Pharmaceuticals and Capital Research Group Inc, Announces Conference Call Details
8. Researchers identify how binge drinking may drive heart disease
9. Nuvo Research subsidiary signs collaboration agreement with Fortune Global 500 company
10. UCSD researchers identify potential new drug target for chronic leukemia
11. USC researchers identify novel approach for suppressing prostate cancer development
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, ... to date. The results, published online this week in the Journal of Thoracic ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Dr. James ... Fighting Blindness, Long Island Chapter on June 4, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm at the ... founder of Retina Group of New York , is a Board Certified ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Leadership of Life ... announced the organization has earned its ISO 13485 certification, indicating the company’s quality ... all rules and policies associated with ISO quality standard 13485. , BSI ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... offering campers a multitude of activities from daily practices, arts & crafts, discussions, ... Camp Directors Amber East-D’Anna and Christy Evans have combined backgrounds in kids’ yoga, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Power Systems, a leading developer ... Instructor Certification Course in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The course was led by Power Systems’ ... 8 hour interactive course to qualify participants as certified PowerWave trainers. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... 25, 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds ... report that provides an overview on therapeutic pipeline ... various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug target, mechanism ... molecule type, along with latest updates, and featured ... players involved in the therapeutic development for Chronic ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016   , Study ... overall bowel cleansing and superiority in , ... of the ascending colon ... Norgine B.V. today announced new positive data from the ... bowel preparation) versus standard 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. The study ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 Celsion ... drug development company, today provided an update on ... escalating clinical trial combining GEN-1, the Company,s DNA-based ... treatment of newly-diagnosed patients with advanced ovarian cancer ... debulking surgery.  GEN-1 is an IL-12 DNA plasmid ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: