The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has released its report on the quality of ischemic stroke care at California acute care hospitals between 2014 and 2015, providing performance ratings for 267 hospitals on two risk-adjusted outcome measures: 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital readmission. In cases of ischemic stroke, timely interventions are critical to reverse the damage; reduce mortality, morbidity and disability; and improve quality of life.
30-day Ischemic Stroke Mortality Findings
Statewide, the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of hospital discharge was 9.8 percent, down slightly from 10 percent in the 2013-14 report. The average risk-adjusted mortality rate for the 14 hospitals rated “Worse” (18.8 percent) than the state average was more than three times higher than the average rate for the 11 hospitals rated “Better” (5.5 percent). Seven hospitals rated “Better” in the 2013-14 report were again rated “Better” in 2014-15. Eight hospitals rated “Worse” in the 2013-14 report were again rated “Worse” in 2014-15.