Volume of Common Procedures
One important measure that is associated with good care is hospital volume. While researchers are still trying to understand the exact relationship between volume and quality, studies have found that surgical teams with experience - that is, routinely performing a sufficient number of cases - get better results.
Looking at hospital volume over time can also provide you with some useful information about how practice patterns have changed over the years with the growth of new technology and new ways of doing procedures.
Below are the number of times BIDMC has performed certain procedures over time. It is one more piece of information for you to consider when making a decision about your care. For information about BIDMC surgeon volume, click on the link to the state's hospital cost and quality website: http://www.mass.gov/healthcareqc.
|AAA - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
|Weight Loss Surgery: open gastric bypass
|Weight Loss Surgery: laparoscopic gastric bypass
|Weight Loss Surgery: laparoscopic gastric banding
|CABG - (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)
|Hip replacement: revision
|Hip replacement: total or partial
|Knee replacement: revision
|Knee replacement: total
|Knee replacement: total replacement of both knees during the same surgery
|PCI: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 2
1BIDMC Volume Data has been prepared from BIDMC administrative databases, using procedure definitions adapted from those outlined in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Health Care Quality and Cost Information at www.mass.gov/healthcareqc. Learn more about these definitions at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Volume Inclusion Definitions. These definitions reflect inpatient hospitalizations between October 1st through the following September 30th of the fiscal year indicated in the column heading.
2Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) hospitalization volumes include a broader set of procedure codes than those outlined in the Department of Public Health Volume Inclusion definitions. BIDMC has included PCI procedures performed in both inpatient and outpatient settings to reflect the full level of activity between October 1st and September 30th of the fiscal year indicated in the column heading.
Last updated: August 10, 2012