Post-surgery deaths above norm at Penticton Regional Hospital

New database of performance indicators shows Penticton on pace with peers in most of the 26 categories

Penticton Regional Hospital is keeping pace with most B.C. acute-care facilities its size, according to a new database of performance indicators compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

While it outperformed its peers in the area of patient safety, PRH lagged on 30-day readmission rates. And one surgical statistic was of particular concern.

The rate of patients at PRH who died in hospital within five days of having major surgery was 15.73 per 1,000, well above its peer group’s average rate of 10.52.

That particular statistic is “not as good as others,” allowed Allan Sinclair, Interior Health’s vice-president of acute services, “and we want to find out more about that.”

The hospital also trailed on the 30-day pediatric readmission rate, which was 9.51 per 100, versus a peer average of 5.92

In contrast, the 30-day in-hospital mortality rate for heart attack victims was 6.47 per 100, below the peer average of 7.79.

And the 28-day readmission rate for stroke victims at PRH was 5.87 per 100, well under its peers’ average of 7.22.

On the 26 most recent available indicators for the years 2009 to 2011, PRH outperformed its 16 peers, including hospitals in Fort St. John and Campbell River, on half of them and fared worse on the balance.

“Overall, we’re doing well,” Sinclair said.

It should be noted, however, that the numbers provided in the Canadian Hospital Reporting Project are not absolutes, but rather risk-adjusted rates. The risk adjustments take into account such things as a patient’s age and underlying conditions.

That’s an important equalizer for hospitals like PRH that see a lot of seniors, Sinclair said, “but it’s more an art than a science. So the comparisons get better, but they never get perfect.”

He also pointed out that the risk adjustments depend on doctors properly “coding” patients’ charts, to make sure their specifics are correctly categorized and included in the calculations.

The hospital reporting project, which is available online, contains information on 600 facilities across Canada and took two years to assemble, said CIHI’s manager of hospital reports, Jeanie Lacroix.

Her team garnered the statistics from discharge abstract databases that aren’t ordinarily available to the public. CIHI secured access through agreements with provincial health ministries.

“This isn’t a ranking tool; it’s more about comparing hospitals so they can share best practices and improve,” Lacroix said.

“Obviously there are some hospitals that will take this and say, ‘The data are wrong,’ or, ‘The data are bad,’ but for the most part we’re getting constructive comments.”

It’s most important for hospitals to look at the data as a whole and examine year-to-year trends, Lacroix said, and PRH is “moving in the right direction.”

Sinclair said Interior Health will now analyze the figures in the reporting project and use them to improve both performance and reporting methods at PRH and its other sites.

On a purely financial note, PRH spent $4,518.15 per patient in 2009-10, putting it safely under the peer average of $4,950.88.


Just Posted

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

(Drive BC photo)
Vehicle incident closes Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

Drive BC says to avoid the area until the road is clear

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)
Pieces of Civic Arena reclaimed for new Vernon park

City centre space to incorporate wood from the historic arena

Most Read