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Figure 8. Surgical complication and mortality rates for knee replacement surgery in large hospitals (400 beds or more)

Research in Action, Issue 4

 

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Hospitals performing 1-12 knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 4.2 percent and the mortality rate was not applicable; hospitals performing 13-24 knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 1.8 percent and a mortality rate of 0.5 percent; hospitals performing 25-50 knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 2.2 percent and a mortality rate of 0.5 percent; hospitals performing 51-75 knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 2.1 percent and a mortality rate of 0.5 percent; hospitals performing 76-100 knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 1.8 percent and a mortality rate of 0.5 percent; and hospitals performing 101 or more knee replacement surgeries annually had a surgical complication rate of 1.8 percent and a mortality rate of 0.3 percent.

Source: Gutierrez B, Culler SD, Freund DA. Does hospital procedure-specific volume affect treatment costs? A national study of knee replacement surgery. Health Serv Res1998;33(3):489-511.

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Internet Citation: Figure 8. Surgical complication and mortality rates for knee replacement surgery in large hospitals (400 beds or more): Research in Action, Issue 4. May 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/aging/osteoria/osteoriaf8.html