Quality and Safety Performance

At University of Iowa Health Care, our goal is to ensure every patient receives high quality, safe and compassionate care. We continuously examine how we deliver care to our patients, measure our results and work to implement best practices. At any given time, teams of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers are focused on improving quality, safety and efficiency.

As an academic medical center, we are at the forefront of the latest advances in medical care. We are committed to developing a culture that focuses on safety and values transparency in communicating with our patients. Ours is a relentless search for better ways of delivering care. Simply put, we want to provide our patients with the best care possible.

CLABSI

CLABSI (Central line associated bloodstream infection) is an infection that can occur in patients who have an IV line placed in a large vein in the arm or chest. With this infection, bacteria are able to grow in the blood of the patient. These infections are important to avoid as they cause a high level of harm. The number shown is a ratio of the number of infections to the number of expected infections. A lower number is better. The difference between our infection rate and the national average is not statistically significant.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018

MRSA bacteremia

MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of staph bacteria that can cause an infection of the blood (bacteremia), causing severe illness. In the hospital setting, it is often associated with infections of IV lines and infections of surgical wounds. The number shown is a ratio of the number of infections to the number of expected infections. A lower number is better. Our infection rate is better than the national average.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018

C. diff

C. diff (Clostridium difficile infection) is a type of bacteria that causes an infection of the large intestine, resulting in severe diarrhea. The number shown is a ratio of the number of infections to the number of expected infections. A lower number is better. The difference between our infection rate and the national average is not statistically significant.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018

Complications following knee and hip replacement

The number shown is the percentage of patients having this type of surgery who develop heart attack, blood clots in the lungs, pneumonia, bleeding or infection at the surgical site. A lower number is better. The difference between our complication rate and the national average is not statistically significant.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018

Willingness to recommend hospital

The number shown is the percentage of patients who reported YES, they would definitely recommend this hospital. A higher number is better.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018

Overall rating of hospital

The number shown is the percentage of patients who gave this hospital a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest). A higher number is better.

Last Reviewed: 
September, 2018