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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Death rate from surgery to remove part of the esophagus

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This graph shows you the percent of patients who died after an operation to remove part of their esophagus (the tube leading from the throat to the stomach). This information is for patients admitted during 2004.

When choosing a hospital, you should look for the hospital that has a lower number of deaths. A lower number is shown by a shorter bar on the graph below.

Hospital Rate of Death for Every 1,000 Patients, 2004
Hospital C 3.9%
Hospital A 5.0%
Hospital D 8.3%
State Average 8.5%
Hospital B 11.3%

State Average: The average rate of patients who died in the hospital after surgery to remove part of the esophagus, across your state. This number is included so you have:

  • a better idea of what is normal for your state.
  • a standard to compare the other hospitals to.

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