HealthGrades releases names of top performing emergency departments

HealthGrades has released a report identifying the top performing emergency departments in the nation.

The HealthGrades report examined over 5 million Medicare records of patients admitted through the emergency departments from 2006 through 2008. HealthGrades looked at the risk-adjusted mortality outcomes for these patients for eleven of the most common lifethreatening diagnoses, including pneumonia, sepsis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to identify the best performing hospitals.

The top performing 5% of hospitals had 38.97% lower risk-adjusted mortality than other hospitals in the study.  The study concludes that if all hospitals performed at the level of best performing hospitals, an additional 118,014 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization. 

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, June 25, 2010; HealthGrades, http://healthgrades.com, June, 2010)