Study: Death Rates Improve at NV Hospitals

RENO (AP) - According to a study, death rates at Nevada hospitals have improved in seven of eight categories.

The annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study found the state's mortality rate of 6.86 percent is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.31 percent.

But the study shows mortality rates in Nevada improved from 2005 to 2007 in cardiac surgery and coronary interventional procedures, and gastrointestinal, heart attack, heart failure, pulmonary and stroke treatment. The rate in critical care decreased slightly.

Death rates in the state were better than the national average in heart failure, pulmonary and stroke, but worse in cardiac surgery, coronary interventional procedures, critical care, gastrointestinal and heart attack.

Todd Van Fossen, a consultant with HealthGrades, says the study demonstrates a difference in quality between hospitals.

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