December 13, 2007
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released a new report on the quality of pediatric medical care in Texas hospitals.
The report, “Quality of Children’s Care in Texas Hospitals,” is based on 2005 data and includes performance information on 386 hospitals. The report provides information on the following measures of care:
- heart operations on children with congenital heart disease
- child deaths in hospitals following operations for congenital heart disease
- hemorrhaging or large blood clots in children after operations
- incidents of surgical wounds splitting open
- accidental lung punctures during medical procedures
The report is online at www.dshs.state.tx.us/thcic and can be searched by hospital, geographic area or by the specific quality measures.
Information presented honors medical confidentiality requirements.
DSHS gathers discharge data from more than 90 percent of the hospitals in the state. Most rural hospitals are not included in the pediatric medical care report because state law does not require them to report data to DSHS.
The Texas Legislature directed DSHS to report on the quality of care in Texas hospitals.
(News Media: For more information contact Carrie Williams, Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)