Mortality in intensive care units

One of the CH-IQI quality indicators is mortality data, which the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) publishes together with other performance indicators in its quality report. Hirslanden collected its mortality rate data using the same method and consolidated these for the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group as a whole and for each hospital individually.

Hirslanden also carries out a risk-adjusted measurement of mortality in the intensive care unit at all hospitals with a corresponding infrastructure. For several years, results have shown that the Hirslanden hospitals achieve significantly better figures compared to the Swiss average when comparing the effective and expected mortality.

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      Mortality in the ICU,

      2013–2016 data

      Hirslanden 2013
      Switzerland
       2013

      Hirslanden
       2014

      Switzerland
       2014

      Hirslanden 2015
      Switzerland
       2015

      Hirslanden 2016
      Switzerland
       2016

      Expected mortality (SAPS)
      8.0% 11.0% 7.0% 10.0% 7.0% 11.0% 8.0% 12.0%
      Effective mortality (all patients staying in ICU)
      3.8%   3.2%   4.1%   4.1%  
      Effective mortality (died in ICU)
      2.8% 5.0% 2.5% 4.0% 2.3% 4.0% 2.2% 4.0%
      Mortality index
      0.4   0.4   0.3   0.3  
      Mean age of patients in the ICU
      67.4 62.5 67.1 65.0 68.3 61.5 68.0 61.9
      Mean duration of stay in the ICU (days)
      1.9 2.6 1.5 2.3 2.0 2.5 2.1 2.5
      Severity of the case (mean SAPS)
      28.1 31.1 27.1 29.0 27.2 30.9 28.3 31.5
      Percentage ventilated patients
      38.2% 35.0% 39.1% 30.0% 33.3% 32.0% 36.4% 32.0%
      Number of cases
      6907   7948   8137 86754 7691 84856