Patients who got treatment at the right time (within 24 hours before or after certain types of surgery) to help prevent blood clots

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 percentage of eligible surgery patients (out of 100) who received treatment to prevent blood clots within 1 day before or after selected surgeries.

Why are these scores important?

Patients sometimes develop blood clots after they undergo surgery. This can limit blood flow and even cause a potentially fatal lung condition called pulmonary embolism.

Treatment to prevent blood clots -- which may include blood thinning medications, elastic support stockings, or mechanical air stockings that promote circulation in the legs -- should be given within 1 day before or after of surgery.

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