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Wednesday December 3rd, 2014

Posted at 3:41pm

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Windsor Regional Hospital has scored well in the Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio. This is an important worldwide respected measure for patient safety.

Through tracking, the ratio can be a motivator for change by indicating how successful a particular hospital or health region is at reducing inpatient deaths and providing patient care. The measure is patient specific and hospital specific. The measure focuses on the actual type of patient and/or care a particular hospital encounters.

This ratio is a mathematical calculation that measures actual hospital deaths to expected hospital deaths, taking into account the diagnosis and comorbidities of each individual patient and comparing them to similar patients presenting to a hospital with those same clinical issues. The goal of the measure is to achieve a value of 100 or less.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released the public HSMR results for eligible acute care hospitals across Canada. Eligible hospitals are defined as those that had more than 2,500 or more HSMR cases over the last five years with those results publicly released.

Windsor Regional Hospital’s rate reported for the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 is 84 at the Metropolitan campus. This is an improvement from 102 reported for 2012-13. At the Ouellette campus it is 94, an improvement from 104 reported in 2012-13.

Windsor Regional Hospital’s Medical Quality Assurance Committee, comprised of members of the Professional Staff along with clinical directors, track and monitor HSMR trends along with other quality indicators and continues to meet monthly to review the data. The committee, among other things, conducts chart reviews on patient outcomes, recommending clinical changes to all staff and monitors implementation.

“The focus and proactive work that the Medical Quality Assurance Committee has achieved has been tremendous and we applaud them for the current results,” stated David Musyj, President and CEO for Windsor Regional Hospital. “We have far more work to do on our journey to Outstanding Care No Exceptions!”

“The Board of Directors is pleased with the rating achieved and congratulate the team at Windsor Regional Hospital for the work they’ve accomplished,” stated Robert Renaud, Board Chair, Windsor Regional Hospital.

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