There are several conditions which have shown to have lower mortality in high volume centers. In this retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of patients admitted with acute pancreatitis, adjusted mortality, LOS, and charges were all lower in high volume centers compared to low volume centers. The specific attributes of the high volume hospitals which contribute to lower mortality is not clearly outlined, but are likely due to readily available specialty and procedural services (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.