The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported a 17 percent drop in patient infections and medical errors from 2010 to 2013, and estimated that 50,000 deaths were averted over that span. Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) fell from 145 per thousand discharges to 121 per thousand, thus saving $12 billion.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, said that the data represent “significant progress on improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars more wisely.” To read this article, ‘Hospitals Make Unprecedented Strides in Patient Safety,’ click here.
Left unsaid was that H&HS originally set a goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013, with 60 thousand fewer deaths, 1.8 million fewer harms and $35 billion in savings.
That’s good news!