In 2008, New Jersey hospitals performed 4,620 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries as isolated operations and not in conjunction with any other surgeries. And according to a recent healthcare quality assessment by the Department of Health and Senior Services, only 68 of those patients died – or 1.47 percent. That’s a decrease over the previous two years from 2.0 percent, but a dramatic decline of 68 percent since 1994.
According to the state, all 18 hospitals that performed the surgery had statistically similar risk-adjusted mortality rates. About 5.84 percent of patients contracted some type of infection, including pneumonia, after the surgery, which was a 26 percent decline from the year before.