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2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_1_2.1
Surgery patients who received recommended care practices, United States,a 2009
Population groupNumberPercentSE
Total 1,570,89486.20.03
AgeUnder 65819,56687.00.04
85 and over87,71483.70.12

a. Does not include data from the U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands). The composite of eight recommended care components for surgery patients includes: (1) providing antibiotic within 1 hour of surgery (SCIP-1), (2) providing appropriate antibiotic to help prevent infection (SCIP-2), (3) discontinuing antibiotic on time (SCIP-3), (4) keeping blood sugar level under good control right after surgery for cardiac surgery patients (SCIP-4), (5) removiing hair from the surgical area using a safer method (SCIP-6), (6) ordering thromboembolism prophylaxis for prevention of blood clots after certain surgeries (SCIP-VTE1), (7) providing appropriate venous thromboembolism prophylaxis within 24 hours prior to and after surgery (SCIP-VTE2), and (8) placing surgery patients on beta blocker therapy prior to arrival and during postoperative period (SCIP-Card2).

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; SE: standard error.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization Program.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T12_1_2_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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