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Mortality indicators guide for hospital Boards/CEOs25 June 2015
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has released a helpful guide on hospital mortality indicators for CEOs and Boards.
The guide explains how to use mortality indicators to screen for potential safety and quality issues through your existing clinical governance processes. Three types of indicators are included in this guide :
1. Hospital-standardised mortality ratios (HSMRs) which compare your hospital’s mortality against its expected mortality, based on the age and health status of patients with diagnoses that account for 80 per cent of in-hospital mortality nationally.
2. Deaths in low mortality diagnosis-related-groups (DRGs) which report in-hospital deaths for DRGs where the national mortality rate is less than 0.5 per cent.
3. In-hospital mortality for acute myocardial infarction, stroke, fractured neck of femur and pneumonia, which compares your hospital’s rate of deaths against the rate of deaths that would be expected based on the age and health of patients admitted to your hospital for management of these conditions. Access ACSQHC guide
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