Critical Access Hospital in Viroqua, WI 54665


507 South Main St Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone: (608) 637-2101

The complication measures at Vernon Memorial Hospital provide information about the medical problems some inpatients might experience while admitted in the hospital. Admitted patients sometimes get other injuries, conditions or complications that may be life threatening. When hospitals follow best practices for treating patients, serious complications are often prevented.

The complication measures evaluate serious events such as healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and complications after certain surgical procedures.

Surgical Complications

The measures for surgical complications provide information about the problems developed by patients after having certain surgical procedures and how often those patients that were admitted with certain conditions died while they were in the hospital. These surgical complications can often be prevented if hospitals follow procedures based on best practices and scientific evidence.

MeasureHospital AverageHow this Hospital Compares
Complications for hip/knee replacement patients2.3% Measure: Complications for hip/knee replacement patients
Sample data was collected between 04/01/2011 and 03/31/2014
No different than the National Rate of 3.1%

Percentage of complications for hip/knee replacement patients, some of the complications include: heart attack, infection, pneumonia, serious blood clots, wounds that split open or bleed after surgery, replacement hip/knee joints that don't work, etc. Higher rates of these serious complications might be a sign of lesser quality hospital care.

Healthcare Associated Infections

The healthcare-associated infections (HAI) measures provide information on infections that happen while the patient is in the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects this information and encourages hospitals to use CDC-recommended infection control steps to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

MeasureHospital AverageHow this Hospital Compares
Intestinal infections0.594 Measure: Intestinal infections
Sample data was collected between 04/01/2014 and 03/31/2015
No Different than National Benchmark of 1

Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) Laboratory-identified Events (Intestinal infections)
This measure compares the number of positive cases for Clostridium difficile on stool specimens tested four or more days after the patient entered the hospital to a national benchmark. Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) is a bacteria that causes inflammation of the colon and can cause severe diarrhea, fever, appetite loss, nausea, and abdominal pain. C. diff. can be prevented from being transmitted to patients by taking certain precautions: washing hands, using protective gloves and gowns, sterilizing equipment, covering the mouth, nose, and eyes and practicing responsible use of antibiotics. [3]

A lower number is better better. A score of zero is best.

  • [3] Results are based on a shorter time period than required.