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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

 

Volume of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgeries

What are we measuring?

The number of CABG surgeries performed annually.

Why is this important?

The arteries that bring blood to the heart can become blocked (atherosclerosis). Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG, bypass surgery) redirects the blood flow to the heart muscle around these blockages. Studies have found that surgical teams with experience - that is, routinely performing a sufficient number of cases - get better results. The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized patient safety organization recommends that hospitals such as BIDMC perform at least 450 or more CABG procedures annually.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison: Leapfrog Hospital Survey on Quality and Safety 2010. For more information go to www.leapfroggroup.org. 


Length of Hospital Stay

What are we measuring?

The average number of days a patient undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) stays in the hospital.

Why is this important?

The number of days that patients must stay in the hospital is a way of looking at both the efficiency of care as well as its effectiveness. A shorter average length of stay may indicate that patients are recovering more quickly and experiencing fewer complications.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2010 data and reports

Administering Aspirin at Discharge

What are we measuring?

The percentage of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients given aspirin at discharge.

Why is this important?

Use of aspirin is an inexpensive, safe, and effective way to help reduce the risk of graft failure for CABG patients.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison data: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2010 data and reports

Administering Beta Blockers at Discharge


What are we measuring?

The percent of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients given a prescription for beta blockers at discharge.

Why is this important?

Hospitals can help reduce the risk of another heart attack by giving discharged patients beta blockers, which are a type of medicine used to lower blood pressure, treat chest pain (angina) and heart failure, and help prevent a future heart attack.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison data: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2010 data and reports

Administering Lipid Lowering Medications at Discharge


What are we measuring?

The percent of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients given a prescription for lipid lowering medication at discharge.

Why is this important?

Hospitals can help improve patient's post operative survival by giving discharged patients lipid lowering medications, which are a type of medicine used to lower cholesterol.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison data: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2010 data and reports

Internal Mammary Artery Graft Use


What are we measuring?

Percent of CABG surgeries performed using the internal mammary artery when appropriate.

Why is this important?

Studies have shown that the use of the internal mammary artery (IMA) for CABG procedures has been considered the "gold standard." Use of the IMA improves the likelihood of bypass graft success.

What is BIDMC's performance?

Source of comparison data: Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2010 data and reports 



Last Updated: May 25, 2011

Contact Information

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