Tonsillectomy Bleed Rates across the CHEER Practice Research Network: Pursuing Guideline Adherence and Quality Improvement

Walter T. Lee, David L. Witsell, Kourosh Parham, Jennifer J. Shin, Nikita Chapurin, Melissa A. Pynnonen, Alan Langman, Anh Nguyen-Huynh, Sheila E. Ryan, Andrea Vambutas, Rhonda S. Roberts, Kris Schulz

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Objectives (1) Compare postoperative bleeding in the CHEER network (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research) among age groups, diagnoses, and practice types. (2) Report the incidence of bleeding by individual CHEER practice site based on practice guidelines. Study Design Retrospective data collection database review of the CHEER network based on ICD-9 and CPT codes related to tonsillectomy patients. Setting Multisite practice-based network. Subjects and Methods A total of 8347 subjects underwent tonsillectomy as determined by procedure code within the retrospective data collection database, and 107 had postoperative hemorrhage. These subjects had demographic information and related diagnoses based on the CPT and ICD-9 codes collected. Postoperative ICD-9 and CPT codes were used to identify patients who also had postoperative bleed. Variables included age (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016



  • academic sites
  • community sites
  • guidelines
  • practice based network
  • tonsillectomy bleed rates
  • tonsillectomy complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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