Where Does the Data Come From?The data on this site is reported to the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as a performance measurement system. The data were collected from January 2011 through December 2012. National data represents 34 similar pediatric intensive care programs.
More about the quality of intensive care services at Hasbro Children's Hospital
Standardized Mortality Ratio is calculated as the severity of illness adjusted number of deaths compared to the number of admissions to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) as a ratio. The severity adjustment factors the types of diagnoses, surgeries, traumatic injuries, and complex treatments experienced in this PICU compared to other PICUs using a complex statistical calculation for severity adjustment known as PIM2. When rates are severity-adjusted, it means that hospitals that usually treat sicker patients will not show a higher rate because their patients were more severe when they arrived. When rates are severity-adjusted, it helps make the comparison more meaningful.
A lower rate is good because it means more patients survived illness or injury treated in this PICU relative to other PICUs in consideration of the severity of illness of patients presenting for treatment. However, a higher score does not necessarily indicate poor care. You should consider the overall quality of a facility in addition to individual category scores.