Morbidity and Mortality in Vascular Surgery: The Kentucky Experience with a Statewide Database

Richardson, J. David
November 2006
American Surgeon;Nov2006, Vol. 72 Issue 11, p1109
Academic Journal
Efforts at improvement in quality of care for surgical patients have required multiple strategies that include local, regional, and national efforts to influence processes and outcomes, and examination of outcome databases with and without risk stratification. In the mid to late I980s, there was an effort to examine the outcome of two high-risk procedures (carotid endarterectomy and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair) on all Medicare patients in the state of Kentucky with an effort to determine the outcome of their treatment and improve the quality of care delivered to them. Even though this experience is somewhat dated, it still represents a unique examination of a large number of patients treated by numerous surgeons. Furthermore, all charts reviewed by the author presented an opportunity to compare actual patient data with that obtained from an administrative data set. This report also examines the author's attempts at improving outcome.


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