Stroke mortality rate higher than national average

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre patients had a much higher mortality rate following strokes compared to the national average in 2010-11 according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre patients had a much higher mortality rate following strokes compared to the national average in 2010-11 according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The rate of death after a stroke within 30 days of the first admission to a hospital was 23.30 per 100 patients at the Red Deer hospital compared to 15.22 nationally.

Red Deer hospital patients also had a higher rate of re-admission within 90 days after hip replacement at 4.67 per 100, compared to 3.40 nationally.

The mortality rate after a stroke and the rate of re-admission after hip replacement at the hospital increased in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10.

The institute released the rates last week as part of its Canadian Hospital Reporting Project to help hospitals compare their performance against their peers and to learn from leading practices.

The project reported on more than 600 hospitals in Canada.

In some ways, the Red Deer hospital did better than the national average.

In Red Deer, the rate of death within five days following major surgery was 5.44 per 1,000 compared to 9.26 nationally.

The rate of death after a heart attack within 30 days of the first admission to a hospital was 5.45 per 100 at the Red Deer hospital compared to 7.60 nationally.

Re-admission within 28 days in Red Deer after a heart attack was 8.19 compared to 10.79.

The rate of re-admission within 90 days after knee replacement surgery was 3.30 per 100, just below the national average of 3.31.

Re-admission within 28 days after a stroke was 7.36 per 100, slightly lower than the Canadian average of 7.39.

Canadian Institute for Health Information is a non-profit corporation funded by federal, provincial and territorial governments.

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