Cardiac Care Improvements at LIJ Medical Center

A revamp of cardiac care surgery services at LIJ Medical Center has improved mortality rates for patients who undergo coronary artery bypass graft procedures.

The redesign enacted interventions in LIJ’s preoperative and postoperative care, including identifying high-risk patients who need more detailed preoperative assessments; multiple, daily intraprofessional rounds; and updates to cardiac surgery performance improvement and patient safety procedures.

The results were dramatic. LIJ maintained significantly lower cardiac surgery mortality rates compared to the New York State average for the past three reporting periods. Furthermore, LIJ had the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rate in the state for cardiac-related procedures during the most recent reporting period (2009 to 2011).

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