Outcome Based Quality Scores

These scores show how patients who were treated for certain conditions fared.

Hospital Death (Mortality) Rates

Hospital 30-day mortality (death) rates for Duke patients compared to the U.S. national rate, by condition

  Duke Raleigh Hospital Duke University Hospital Duke Regional Hospital
Heart attack  No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate
 Heart failure  No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate
Pneumonia  Better than the U.S. national rate Better than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate

The date range for the rates displayed in this graph is October 2012 – September 2015. Source: www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

What Does This Chart Mean?

"30-day mortality" is when patients die within 30 days of their admission to a hospital.

The chart above tells you how well Duke hospitals death rates compare to national rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients.

The chart takes into account how sick the patient was upon admission to the hospital.

Hospital 30-Day Readmission Rates

How Duke patients compare to the U.S. national rate

  Duke Raleigh Hospital Duke University Hospital Duke Regional Hospital
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide) No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate No different than U.S. national rate

The date range for the rates displayed in this graph is October 2012 – September 2015. Source: www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare

What Does This Mean?

The overall rate of unplanned readmission after discharge from the hospital (also called “hospital-wide readmission”) focuses on whether patients who were discharged from a hospital stay were hospitalized again within 30 days. All medical, surgical and gynecological, neurological, cardiovascular, and cardiorespiratory hospital patients are included in this measure. Patients may have been readmitted back to the same hospital or to a different hospital. They may have been readmitted for a condition that is related to their recent hospital stay, or for an entirely different reason.

The overall rate of unplanned readmission show whether a hospital is doing its best to prevent complications, provide clear discharge instructions to patients, and help ensure patients make a smooth transition to their home or another setting like a nursing home.