Complications Work Groups

In an effort to support enhanced collaboration and the accurate measurement of reductions in complications, MHA convened a series of work groups to develop standard definitions for certain diagnoses identified by the hospital field:  

  • UTI
  • Pneumonia
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Post-operative respiratory insufficiency
  • Obstetric hemorrhage
  • Obstetric lacerations
  • Renal failure
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Renal insufficiency

While many hospitals have worked to develop clinical criteria and definitions for specific diagnoses this process addresses the high degree of variability of criteria used across and within hospitals.  After a series of deliberations informed by a public comment period, final recommendations have been shared for hospitals' Medical Executive Committee consideration and adoption. Please see each work group report for additional information on deliberations and comments received. 


UTI Definition Work Group


Acute Renal Failure / Acute Kidney Injury Definition Work Group


Obstetrical Hemorrhage and Obstetric Laceration Definitions Work Group


Respiratory Failure & Pneumonia Definitions Work Group

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