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Hospital Compare Adds Infection, Stroke, Readmissions Data

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 17, 2013

Hospitals are scored on three measures of timeliness of care, such as how often they treated a stroke patient with medication to break up blood clots within three hours of symptoms, how often they delivered drugs to prevent complications within two days of arriving at the hospital and how often they administered drugs to keep blood clots from forming anywhere in the body within two days of arriving at the hospital.

Hospitals are also graded on five measures to judge effectiveness of stroke care. For example, the site shows how often stroke patients received a prescription for a drug to prevent complications caused by blood clots before discharge and how often stroke patients with a type of irregular heartbeat were given a blood thinner at discharge.

Infections
Under "healthcare and associated infection measures, Hospital Compare has started tracking two more familiar infections.

Along with the previously reported central-line associated bloodstream and catheter-associated urinary tract, and two kinds of surgical site infections, Hospital Compare now displays hospitals' rates of Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus both by number of infections and number of patient days of infection, compared with the hospital's risk-adjusted predicted rate.

Each hospital's rate of infection is characterized as being better than, the same as, or worse than a national benchmark.

Pregnancy and Delivery
The site now displays hospital data on the percentage of medically unnecessary newborn deliveries scheduled between one to three weeks early, either vaginally or by C-section.

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