Patients treated at top-performing hospitals have a significantly lower risk of dying and a somewhat lower risk of getting post-operative complications, according to an annual report by HealthGrades, Golden, Colo. The study examined risk-adjusted mortality for 16 procedures and diagnoses and in-hospital post-operative complications for 10 surgical procedures from almost 39 million hospitalizations at 4,971 U.S. hospitals between 2003 and 2005. At hospitals in the top 5%, patients had up to a 28% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate and a 5% lower risk of in-hospital post-operative complications. HealthGrades said if all hospitals matched the top 5%, 158,264 lives could have been saved and 12,410 major complications could have been avoided during the three-year period. Read the report. -- by Andis Robeznieks
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