Should postoperative blood clot rates be used to assess hospital quality?

10/7/2013 | Reuters

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that despite adherence to venous thromboembolism prevention protocols, high-quality hospitals had higher VTE rates than low-quality hospitals. Low-quality hospitals reported 4.8 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients while high-quality hospitals noted 6.4 blood clots per 1,000 surgery patients. The results challenge some policymakers' suggestion to use a hospital's blood clot rate as an indicator of the facility's quality of care.

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