Volume & Mortality for Selected Procedures

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair
An aneurysm is a defect or swelling in the wall of a weak or damaged artery.  The aorta is the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.  Aneurysms that occur in the part of the aorta within the abdomen are called abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Esophageal Resection
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomache.  An esophageal resection is a surgical procedure to remove a section of the esophagus (usually because of cancer).

Pancreatic Resection
Pancreatic resection is a surgical procedure to remove the pancreas, the organ in the abdomen that supplies insulin and digestive enzymes. Pancreatic resections are usually performed to treat cancer.
 

UNDERSTANDING PERFORMANCE RESULTS

Vermont's Inpatient Volume and Mortality Indicators provide performance results by individual hospital for three procedures during 2008, 2009 and 2010.

  • Volume referes to the number of patients who underwent the procedure at the hospital.  Volume is important because the success of certain types of procedures may be related to the number of those procedures performed at the hospital.
  • Mortality refers to the number of patients who underwent the procedure at a hospital and died at the same hospital.

More detailed definitions of these indicators can be found in the Technical Guide.

No single source of information can be used to determine overall quality of care in a hospital.  However, the information provided can be used as a stepping stone to evaluate medical care delivered by hospitals.

Consumers should review these and other sources of information, and talk with their physicians, hospitals, family and friends, to assess where to receive care.