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Publicly Reported Quality Measures

On this page, you will find hospital-wide publicly reported quality performance measures for Nursing Care, Infection Prevention, and Mortality and Readmissions.

Click on the links in the tables below for more information about each measure.

Nursing Care

Nursing care at BIDMC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and safety to our patients.  We participate in PatientCareLink as part of this commitment.  Through PatientCareLink, Massachusetts hospitals are working to reduce medical errors and promote a safe and supportive work environment, publicly report staffing plans that meet patients' needs, alleviate shortages of nurses and other caregivers, and work collaboratively with others to ensure access to safe, high-quality care for all.

Nurse - Patient Staffing Ratios by ICU

Adult ICU Average Daily
Patient Census1
Q1FY17
Average Daily 
Nurse Census1
Q1FY17
Average Daily
Nurse - Patient
Ratio1
Q1FY17
MICU/SICU East 9.57 7.63 1:1.3
TSICU 8.30 6.85 1:1.2
SICU 6.92 5.82 1:1.2
MICU B 7.57 5.67 1:1.3
CVICU 10.57 9.11 1:1.2
MICU A 7.46 5.75 1:1.3
CCU 6.99 5.72 1:1.2
Neuro ICU  6.93 5.27 1:1.3
NICU 11.47 6.70 1:1.7

Click Here to see census and staffing ratios from past quarters.

Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene BIDMC Performance1
Q4 FY 16
BIDMC Goal3
Average Intensive Care Units' compliance
A higher rate is better.
92% 90%
Average Non-Intensive Care Units' compliance
A higher rate is better.
88% 90%

Infection Prevention

Ventilator Associated Pneumonia BIDMC Performance
Q3 FY 15*
BIDMC Goal3
Preventing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
A higher rate is better.
100% 90%

*Prevention of ventilator associated complications, including ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), remains an important focus of our work in Critical Care, and we continue to perform VAP surveillance. However, given that our performance on the VAP prevention bundle was consistently above 97% over the last several years, we will no longer report this metric.  Reporting of VAP bundle prevention compliance will be resumed in the event of increased incidence of VAP or other related concerns

Mortality & Readmissions

It is important for hospitals to monitor the number of patients who died or were readmitted within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital. 

Heart Attack
Post Discharge Outcomes
BIDMC Performance1
7/12-6/15
US National Performance4
7/12-6/15
30-day Mortality Rate
A lower rate is better
12.6% 14.1%
30-day Readmission Rate
A lower rate is better
17.6% 16.8%
Heart Failure
Post Discharge Outcomes
BIDMC Performance 1
7/12-6/15
US National Performance4
7/12-6/15
30-day Mortality Rate
A lower rate is better
8.9% 12.1%
30-day Readmission Rate
A lower rate is better
22.2% 21.9%
Pneumonia
Post Discharge Outcomes
BIDMC Performance1
7/12-6/15
US National Performance4
7/12-6/15
30-day Mortality Rate
A lower rate is better
14.2% 16.3%
30-day Readmission Rate
A lower rate is better
18.1% 17.1%

1Source of this data is from hospital administrative databases, and reflects data reported to regulatory agencies.
3This internal goal was established by BIDMC.
4The source of the comparison for these measures is Hospital Compare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The data reported for this set of measures are drawn from a representative sample of patients.

Last updated: January 2017

Contact Information

Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1325