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National data demonstrates commitment to patient safety

December 16, 2010 A report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information today shows that The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) had fewer deaths than expected in 2009 – 2010. The Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR) is a measure of patient safety that compares a hospital’s mortality rate with a national standard.

The HSMR is used by many hospitals worldwide to assess and analyze mortality rates and has been proven useful in identifying areas that can be changed to improve patient safety and the quality of care. TOH has publicly reported many of its quality indicators on its public website since March of 2005 and strongly supports public reporting as one way to improve performance, enhance patient safety, and strengthen the public’s confidence in Ontario’s hospitals.