Fewer deaths in hos­pi­tals

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

NHS La­nark­shire has ex­ceeded a na­tiona l im­prove­ment aim to re­duce hospi­tal stan­dard­ised mor­tal­ity ra­tios (HSMR) by 20 per cent.

A mea­sure­ment tool that com­pares a hospi­tal’s mor­tal­ity ra­tio with the over­all av­er­age ra­tio, HSMR al­lows medics to as­sess fac­tors that can in­flu­ence mor­tal­ity.

While a ma­jor­ity of deaths in hospi­tal are classed as be­ing pre­dicted due to the pa­tient’s con­di­tion, re­duc­ing the length of stay, un­planned read­mis­sions and ear­lier recog­ni­tion and treat­ment of pa­tients whose con­di­tion is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing can help.

The fig­ures show that Wishaw Gen­eral achieved a 22.7 per cent re­duc­tion in its HSMR and Hairmyres Hospi­tal 20.7 per cent.

Calum Camp­bell, NHS La­nark­shire chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Our staff work hard to pro­vide the best qual­ity ser­vice to our pa­tients and th­ese fig­ures show that they are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job.

“I hope they of­fer added re­as­sur­ance to our pa­tients about the safety and qual­ity of the care pro­vided in our hos­pi­tals.”

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