Quality Scorecard - Cataract Surgery Volumes and Complication Rates
What is measured?
Here you will find information on the number (volume) of cataract surgeries performed by the eye surgeons at PAMF. In addition, we are providing you with data on our post-surgery complication rates. The particular complication we are measuring is called endophthalmitis. This is an eye infection that may result from cataract surgery.
A recent National Institutes of Health study of postoperative endophthalmitis rates in a patient population of a large networked health care organization comparable to PAMF, showed the endophthalmitis complication rate ranging between 0.048 to 0.35 percent.
At PAMF - the endophthalmitis complication rate in 2014 was 0.03 percent.
This extremely low percentage rate reflects the safety of this treatment at PAMF. We have been gathering data on our endophthalmitis complication rates since 2012.
Volume of Cataract Surgeries at PAMF
At PAMF we have collected data on how many cataract surgeries our eye surgeons perform annually since 2012. In 2014, we performed 2,976 cataract surgeries. Since 2012 we have been steadily increasing our volume of cataract surgeries. Providing data on our surgery volume enables us to highlight our low complication rates.
How is data collected?
De-identified patient data is collected from patients'; electronic health records between one and 10 days after cataract surgery.
Why does it matter how well PAMF scores on cataract surgeries?
Volume: PAMF’s experienced eye surgeons perform a high volume of cataract surgeries every year. This means that our doctors have superior skills and experience to perform quality-of-life-enhancing cataract surgery, and that they do so with very low complication rates.
Complication Rates: At PAMF our data shows that we achieve extremely low complication rates for endophthalmitis, even lower rates than already low rates of large benchmark populations in the U.S. This means that patients who have cataract surgery at PAMF are less likely to experience complications from cataract surgery and are able to return safely and quickly to an improved quality of life and better vision, through cataract surgery.
Facts About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed eye surgeries in the U.S. During the surgery an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) removes the lens of the eye and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. This procedure removes clouding of the lens of the eye, restoring normal, clear vision.
Our eye surgery team is focused on collecting meaningful data that showcases the safety and quality of all cataract surgeries performed, as well as the extremely low risk of complications. We use these metrics to continually look for ways to reduce possible risks and enhance the safety of our treatments and improve the patient experience.