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

Board Evaluation & Development Tool

Is your board performing?

The Governance Evaluator provides your board and directors with an online board evaluation and development tool that allows you to evaluate and analyse the performance of your board and links you to relevant contemporary governance resources for further development. 

Check out the demo, get more information and sign up to use the tool.Find out more