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Pancreatic Surgery Care

The Pancreatic Surgical Specialty Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center continues to grow dramatically. Today, BIDMC is regarded as a regional and national leader in surgical quality and management of advanced pancreatic disease as it has achieved national benchmark standards of practice in lengths of stay, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Annually, more than 160 major pancreatic operations are performed, placing BIDMC among the top five medical centers in the country for pancreatic surgical volume. BIDMC has become one of the highest volume pancreatic, hepatobiliary surgery centers in New England. It is referred to as a "high volume center" for the highest acuity pancreatic surgical procedures including the Whipple Procedure and complex pancreatic resections.   Learn more about BIDMC's Pancreatic Surgical Specialty Program.

Pancreatic Surgery Care: Performance Summary


Pancreatic Resections BIDMC Performance
FY 07 FY 08 FY 09 FY 10
Volume of Procedures 82 73 86 89
Mortality Rate 1.2% 0% 3.5% 1.1%
Length of Stay (Median) 7.5 days 8 days 8 days 7 days
Percentage of Patients Requiring Admission to an Intensive Care Unit 8.5% 12.3% 17.4% 11.2%
Estimated Blood Loss During Surgery (Median) 300 ml 300 ml 275 ml 200 ml
Percentage of Patients Requiring Blood Transfusions Postoperatively 14.6% 26% 12.9% 19.1%
Reoperation Rate (within 3 Months) 6.0% 6.8% 7% 3.4%
Readmission to Hospital Rate (within a 90-day period for any post-surgical issue) 13.4% 25% 29% 11.2%
Central Venous Line Infection Rate 0% 0% 1.2% 1.1%
Percentage of Patients Receiving Immunizations Prior to Discharge (for Splenectomy) 100% 100% 100% 100%
Pancreatobiliary BIDMC Performance
FY 07 FY 08 FY 09 FY 10
Total Pancreatobiliary Cases 169 169 189 187
Major Resections 94 85 101 99
Other Major Pancreatobiliary Cases 65 84 88 88
Cholecystectomy 71 75 100 155
Laparoscopic Staging 15 18 15 22

Source of Data:  BIDMC Administrative/Patient Level Database

Last updated: December 10, 2010

Contact Information

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