Surgical Complications

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Determining whether certain diagnoses are expected, inherent or truly a complication.

This tip covers:

  • Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Acute Blood Loss Anemia
  • Hematomas
  • Hypotension

Inquire about the origin of the metric. Many performance improvement programs report anything that occurs after admission as a complication because the indicator is “Not Present On Admission (POA)” even if the problem is expected and inherit to the procedure. There is a difference between a true medical complication and what many Performance Improvement (PI) data analytic programs consider a complication.

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