Congenital Heart Surgery

Image 1


next >

Mortalities by RACHS-1 Classification

in 2012

The Risk Adjustment in Congenital Heart Surgery (RACHS-1)1 categorization is a widely used risk stratification model used to analyze outcomes in congenital heart surgery. The most common surgeries for congenital heart defects are stratified into six risk categories. Surgeries with higher risk are placed in higher categories with category six representing congenital heart surgeries associated with the greatest risk.

Overall risk-adjusted hospital mortality rate for our program in 2012 was 2.0%.2 Data collected by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) shows the national hospital discharge mortality rate at 3.1%.3

1 Jenkins, KJ, Gauvreau K, Newburger JW, et al., Consensus-based method for risk adjustment for surgery for congenital heart disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002;123:110-8.
2 007-RACHS-1 Index Surg CHD Volume.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons Data Harvest Report. published May 2012.