Quality | Torrance Memorial

Quality at Torrance Memorial

Torrance Memorial delivers exceptional care, exceptionally close to you and your family. We strive to provide the most current and effective medical technologies administered by clinical experts whose values are centered around the health and wellbeing of our community.

It is our culture to be transparent and to inform the community about the quality of care they receive at Torrance Memorial.

Quality Transparency Dashboard

Created by the Hospital Quality Institute, The Quality Transparency Dashboard displays the outcome measures and program status of Torrance Memorial. This allows for a transparent comparison of our patient-safety performance to the state and national levels of 5 key quality-of-care metrics:

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

A serious infection that occurs when germs enter the bloodstream through a central line. A central line is a special intravenous catheter (IV) that allows access to a major vein close to the heart and can stay in place for weeks or months. The value shown above is a Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR), which is the ratio of observed-to-expected infections during the measure period. SIRs below 1.00 indicate that the observed number of infections during the measure period was lower than would be expected under normal conditions, whereas values above 1.00 indicate that the observed number of infections was higher than expected.

Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) - Lower is Better
TMMC 0.13
California 0.71
US 0.70
Measure Period 08/01/2019 - 07/31/2020

Limitations: In the calculation of the Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR), the CDC adjusts for differences between hospitals. However, patient risk factors are not taken into account. These patient-specific variables (e.g., poor skin integrity, immunosuppression) can increase the risk of developing a central line infection. Hence, the SIR for hospitals that care for more medically complex or immunosuppressed patients may not be adequately adjusted to account for those patient-specific risk factors.

Colon Surgical Site Infection (Colon SSI)

An infection (usually bacteria) that occurs after a person has colorectal surgery that occurs at the body site where the surgery took place. While some involve only the skin, others are more serious and can involve tissues under the skin, organs, or implanted material. The value shown above is a Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR), which is the ratio of observed-to-expected infections during the measure period. SIRs below 1.00 indicate that the observed number of infections during the measure period was lower than would be expected under normal conditions, whereas values above 1.00 indicate that the observed number of infections was higher than expected.

Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) - Lower is Better
TMMC 0.39
California 0.89
US 0.87
Measure Period 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020

Limitations: Some, but not all patient-specific risk factors are included in the adjustment of the SIR for these types of infections. However, not all relevant risk factors are included (e.g., trauma, emergency procedures). Hence, the SIRs for hospitals performing more complex procedures or with larger volumes of trauma or emergency procedures may not be adequately adjusted to account for those patient-specific risk factors.

Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex Cesarean Birth Rate (NTSV)

The percentage of cesarean (surgical) births among first-time mothers who are at least 37 weeks pregnant with one baby in a head down position (not breech or transverse). Lower values indicate that fewer cesareans were performed in the hospital among primarily low risk, first-time mothers.

Cesarean Birth Rate - Lower is Better
TMMC 22.60
California 22.90
US 25.60
Measure Period 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020

Limitations: NTSV rates do not take into account certain obstetric conditions, such as placenta previa, that may make Cesarean delivery the safer route for both mother and infant.

Sepsis Mortality Rate

Percent of patients, with a severe infection, who die in the hospital. Most sepsis cases (over 90%) start outside the hospital. Lower percentage of death indicates better survival.

Sepsis Mortality Rate - Lower is Better
TMMC 13.96
California 14.30
US 25.00
Measure Period 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020

Limitations: Use of discharge/administrative data is limiting since such data has lower specificity for diagnoses than clinical data. In addition, without risk adjustment for differences in patient-specific factors, comparing rates among hospitals is difficult.

30-Day Readmission Rate

The percentage of patients who were unexpectedly readmitted within 30 days of discharge from the hospital for any reason. Lower values indicate that fewer cases were unexpectedly readmitted after discharge.

30-Day Readmission Rate - Lower is Better
TMMC 14.76
California 15.48
US 15.60
Measure Period 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020

Limitations: Some, but not all patient-specific risk factors are included in the adjustment of the readmission rate. However, not all relevant risk factors are included (e.g., trauma, emergency procedures).


Program Status

Maternity Safety Program

This hospital has a Maternity Safety Program in place. A maternity safety program provides a coordinated approach and emergency response to risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Sepsis Protocol

This hospital has a Sepsis Protocol in place. A sepsis protocol provides guidance for a coordinated approach to identification and treatment of an infection and inflammatory response which is present throughout the body.

Respiratory Monitoring Program

This hospital has a Respiratory Monitoring program in place. Respiratory monitoring provides guidance for assessment of risk of respiratory depression, and includes continuous monitoring of breathing and functioning of the lungs and circulatory system when indicated.