Cardiac Surgery Death Rates Decline To Lowest Level In A Decade

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Cardiac Surgery Death Rates

Cardiac surgery death rates have dropped to their lowest level since the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services began issuing reports a decade ago.

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The state's mortality rate has declined 54.5 percent between 1994 and 2004, including a nearly 12 percent drop from 2003 to 2004, according to the report.

"The cardiac surgery reporting initiative is a real success story. It shows what a powerful difference we can make when we work together with one goal in mind -- giving every patient high-quality care," Commissioner Jacobs said.

"Cardiac surgery programs have succeeded because of their remarkable efforts to examine the care they give and make systematic improvements," said Charles Dennis, M.D., chairman of the Commissioner's Cardiovascular Health Advisory Panel.

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