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Consumer Reports rates hospital outcomes

Chicago patients should be aware that a famous, big-name hospital isn't necessarily a better place to have surgeries, according to a Consumer Reports article. The article ranked how patients fare at hospitals before and after surgery and if any surgical error was involved. Consumer Reports ranked hospitals after reviewing outcomes for five different procedures: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty and carotid artery surgery. The report based rankings on mortality rates following surgery and additional complications.

The assessment was based on billing records that hospitals submitted to Medicare from 2009 to 2011 for patients aged 65 and older. Differing from a similar analysis from U.S. News and World Report, these statistics were more specific, concentrating on the outcomes of certain procedures. Surprisingly, many highly rated hospitals, such as The University of Chicago Hospital and Rush Medical Center, did not make the list. Trinity Rock Island Hospital, in Rock Island, was the only Illinois Hospital to make the list.

Teaching hospitals didn't do better than other hospitals as a whole in the study. The findings have implications for individuals looking to obtain restitution from hospitals that may be guilty of medical error, or even those who aren't sure whether they've suffered some type of injury due to neglect on the part of medical personnel.

Experienced medical malpractice attorneys could help to determine the signs of surgical error, neglect and practices that involve the worsening of medical conditions. They may be able to help plaintiffs secure settlements for medical injuries that may include expenses for additional medical treatments, living expenses and other associated costs and compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: CBS News, "Consumer Reports study looks at surgery mortality, complication rates", Michelle Castillo, July 31, 2013

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