Nine ba­bies die af­ter heart surgery at Florida hos­pi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Sabriya Rice

The CMS an­nounced last week an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deaths of nine ba­bies who un­der­went open-heart surgery at St. Mary’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The fa­cil­ity in­sti­tuted its pe­di­atric car­diac surgery pro­gram in 2011. A CNN in­quiry claimed the mor­tal­ity rate was 12.5%, three times the na­tional av­er­age. It was un­clear whether that con­sid­ered the sever­ity of the cases and other in­her­ent risks.

Ex­perts won­dered whether the deaths re­flect poor qual­ity or a high mor­tal­ity rate for pe­di­atric pa­tients with con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects. Each year, about 40,000 in­fants are born with heart de­fects, mak­ing it the lead­ing cause of birth de­fect-as­so­ci­ated in­fant ill­ness and death, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. About 25% of in­fants with the con­di­tion need surgery in their first year of life.

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