Bethesda, Md., (October 23, 2012) – The NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital continues to meet and exceed quality standards for cardiac surgery, as measured by a national database.
Suburban’s cardiac surgery patients are sicker than the regional and national averages and their surgeries are often more complex. Despite this, the cumulative surgical outcomes since the program’s inception exceed those at other hospitals in the region and nation in every parameter measured by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Cardiac Database, the benchmark for cardiac surgery outcomes for the entire country.
Suburban Hospital patients return home 2 to 3 days sooner.
The incidence of atrial fibrillation (a rapid, irregular heartbeat that is a risk factor for stroke) is 13 percent, compared to 23 percent in the region and 24 percent nationally.
Suburban has a 100 percent success rate in repairing mitral valves, rather than replacing them with artificial valves that eventually break down and need to be replaced.
Suburban’s readmission rate is 7 percent, compared to 11 percent at peer hospitals regionally and 10 percent nationally.
The three NIH Heart Center cardiac surgeons have performed more than 2,500 operations since the program opened six years ago in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. An innovative and unique “Universal Bed Model” contributes to the strong outcomes. Unlike most medical centers, where patients are transferred from a recovery room to the ICU to a telemetry unit during their hospitalization, Suburban’s cardiac-care patients stay in one room that is adapted to their changing needs during each phase of care, from pre-operative to discharge.
Most importantly, patients have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of research studies enabled through the NHLBI affiliation. These patients receive innovative treatments and diagnostic methods not otherwise available in most health-care institutions.