The mortality rate (measured as a percentage) provides general information about the quality of care delivery, and can be an important quality indicator. However, some hospitals care for patients with a greater severity of illness and therefore may have a higher mortality rate.
Hip replacement, an elective surgery, has a relatively low mortality rate. The known predictors of in-patient mortality include age, presence or type of hip fracture, and the presence of any significant coexisting conditions.
According to the most recent data available from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the inpatient mortality rate for hip replacement (partial and total) was 0.1 percent.