Surgery patients who were kept on beta blockers before and after surgery

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Source: hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting hospitals in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting hospitals in the state of North Carolina.

What do these scores mean?

The percent of surgery patients (out of 100) who were taking heart drugs called beta blockers before coming to the hospital and who were kept on the beta blockers during the time just before and after their surgery.

Why are these scores important?

In many hospitals, it is standard procedure to stop patients' usual medications before surgery. However, studies have shown that patients who need surgery may have better outcomes if they continue taking beta blockers before and after surgery.

What are we doing to continue to improve our quality scores?