When you are making a decision about where to bring your child for care, you want all the information you can get. You want to know how good a hospital is at treating the specific condition your child is facing. You also want to know how a hospital ranks in terms of keeping your child safe and healthy during his or her stay. These measurements are referred to as “outcomes.”

This page lays out information to help you compare Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota with similar hospitals locally and across the country. The categories here represent “quality measures” outlined by the Institute of Medicine. These categories are seen as a good way to compare facilities. - See all hospital outcomes here.

Achieving the best possible outcomes


Cardiovascular Surgical Services - Actual to Predicted Mortality Ratio

Cardiovascular Surgical Services
Actual to Predicted Mortality Ratio 2007-2012

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Our hospital

.50

2007-2012

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41 other
children's
hospitals

.58

2007-2012

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better.

We never want to see a child die, but sometimes, their illness is simply too advanced to treat. We track how we are doing at saving lives through the "Mortality Ratio." This compares how many patients died at Children's, to how many we expected would die given how sick they were when they came to Children's. The good news is that fewer patients died at our hospital than we expected based on their illness. We do our best to deliver miracles.

How we are improving: We review every death to see if we could given more effective care to the child. We examine our past experience and improve our care with every child we treat.


Cardiovascular Medical Services - Actual to Predicted Mortality Ratio

Cardiovascular Medical Services
Actual to Predicted Mortality Ratio 2007-2012

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Our hospital

.90

2007-2012

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41 other
children's
hospitals

1.00

2007-2012

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better.

We never want to see a child die, but sometimes, their illness is simply too advanced to treat. We track how we are doing at saving lives through the "Mortality Ratio." This compares how many patients died at Children's, to how many we expected would die given how sick they were when they came to Children's. The good news is that fewer patients died at our hospital than we expected based on their illness. We do our best to deliver miracles.

How we are improving: We review every death to see if we could given more effective care to the child. We examine our past experience and improve our care with every child we treat.


Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital Mortality 2008-2011

Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital Mortality %
2008-2011

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Our hospital

2.2

2008-2011
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Other
children's
hospitals

3.5

2008-2011

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better.

We never want to see a child die, but sometimes, their illness is simply too advanced to treat. We track how we are doing at saving lives through the "Mortality Percentage." This compares us to all pediatric hospitals in the United States that participate in this surgical database. The good news is that fewer patients died at our hospital compared to other hospitals in this surgical database. We do our best to deliver miracles.

How we are improving: We review every death to see if we could given more effective care to the child. We examine our past experience and improve our care with every child we treat.


Hospital Mortality for High-Risk Patients at High Volume Surgical Centers 2008-2011

Hospital Mortality (%)

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Our hospital

3%

2008-2011
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42 other
children's
hospitals
national average

17%

2008-2011

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better.

We never want to see a child die, but sometimes, their illness is simply too advanced to treat. We track how we are doing at saving lives through the "Mortality Percentage." This compares us to all pediatric hospitals that perform more than 300 heart surgeries every year in the United States. The good news is that fewer patients died at our hospital compared to other hospitals in this surgical database. We do our best to deliver miracles.

How we are improving: We review every death to see if we could given more effective care to the child. We examine our past experience and improve our care with every child we treat.

Using resources wisely


Cardiovascular Surgical Services
Actual to Predicted Length of Stay Ratio

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Our
hospital

0.8

2007-2012

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42 other
children's
hospitals average

1.0

2007-2012

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better. Average: 1.0

Actual-to-Predicted Length of Stay - Surgical Services

The length-of-stay ratio compares how long a patient stays in the hospital (actual), to how long we thought they would stay given how sick they were when they came to Children's. A ratio of < 1.0 means a patient's stay was shorter than we expected, which means most children can go home sooner than we thought! Children's performs better than other pediatric hospitals on this outcome.

How we are improving: We start planning for your child to go home as soon as possible as s/he is admitted. That includes teaching you how to care for your child at home, give medications, and arrange for home care if needed.


Cardiovascular Medical Services
Actual to Predicted Length of Stay Ratio

outcomes star

Our
hospital

0.8

2007-2012

 outcomes table line

42 other
children's
hospitals average

1.1

2007-2012

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better. Average: 1.1

Actual-to-Predicted Length of Stay - Medical Services

The length-of-stay ratio compares how long a patient stays in the hospital (actual), to how long we thought they would stay given how sick they were when they came to Children's. A ratio of < 1.0 means a patient's stay was shorter than we expected, which means most children can go home sooner than we thought! Children's performs better than other pediatric hospitals on this outcome.

How we are improving: We start planning for your child to go home as soon as possible as s/he is admitted. That includes teaching you how to care for your child at home, give medications, and arrange for home care if needed.

Patient/Family Satisfaction


Told about progress of child's surgery

Told about progress of child's surgery
(Positive score)

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Our hospital

86

2011

91

2012

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Evaluating this chart: Higher is better. 

This data comes from feedback provided in our patient satisfaction surveys. The score represents the percentage of families that reply and are very satisfied with their child's care.


Knew which doctor was in charge of care

Knew which doctor was in charge of care
(Positive score)

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Our hospital

86

2011

96

2012

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Evaluating this chart: Higher is better.

This data comes from feedback provided in our patient satisfaction surveys. The score represents the percentage of families that reply and are very satisfied with their child's care.


Rate of availability of child's nurses

Rate of availability of child's nurses
(Positive score)

outcomes star

Our hospital

86

2011

81

2012

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Evaluating this chart: Higher is better.

This data comes from feedback provided in our patient satisfaction surveys. The score represents the percentage of families that reply and are very satisfied with their child's care.


Overall satisfaction with child's care

Overall satisfaction with child's care
(Positive score)

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Our Hospital

99

2011

96

2012

Evaluating this chart: Higher is better.

This data comes from feedback provided in our patient satisfaction surveys. The score represents the percentage of families that reply and are very satisfied with their child's care.
 

Infection prevention


Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections

Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections–CVCC

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Our Hospital

0

Jan-Mar
2012

1.7

Apr-Jun
2012

0

Jul-Sep
2012

2

Oct-Dec
2012

Evaluating this chart: Lower is better. Goal: 0

In hospitals, we use "intravenous lines" (IVs) to help give medications to sick patients. One type of IV is a "central line", which is a thin tube inserted into a large vein that goes ot the heart. Central lines can be very useful for taking care of some children. However, because the IV goes directly to the bloodstream, bacteria (germs) can also enter the bloodstream and cause infection if we don't follow standard procedures when using the line to give medicine. These infections are called "Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections" (CLABSIs).  

How we are improving: Nurses and doctors follow a standard "bundle" of methods when inserting the central line, and when caring for the line after it is inserted to make sure it is kept clean. They also wash their hands before they use an IV to give a medicine. Children's also participates in two national projects with other children's hospitals to share best practices to prevent these infections. Our ultimate goal is to have zero CLABSIs.