Inpatient mortality

What It Means
This measure reports heart attack patients who die during their hospital stay.

Why It Is Important
Mortality of patients with AMI represents a significant outcome potentially related to quality of care and is an undesirable outcome of care. However, the percentages reported do not account for the fact that some patients are sicker or have other pre-existing conditions that make death more likely. High rates over time may warrant investigation into the quality of care provided.

Numerator Definition
Inpatient mortality of patients with AMI

Denominator Definition
Patients with AMI

Denominator Excluded Populations

  • Patients less than 18 years of age
  • Patients transferred to another acute care hospital
  • Patients received in transfer from another acute care hospital
    Note: The measure population does not include deaths that occurred in the emergency department.

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