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Good news! Efforts To Improve Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms [AHRQ report]

From the publication summary at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Interim Update on 2013 Annual Hospital-Acquired Condition Rate and Estimates of Cost Savings and Deaths Averted From 2010 to 2013

This document provides preliminary estimates for 2013 on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), indicating a 17 percent decline, from 145 to 121 HACs per 1,000 discharges, from 2010 to 2013. A cumulative total of 1.3 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients in 2011, 2012, and 2013 relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates had remained steady at the 2010 level. Approximately 50,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of the reduction in HACs, and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved from 2010 to 2013.

 

Exhibit 6. Estimated Deaths Averted, by Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC), 2011-2013

Pie chart shows estimated deaths averted, by Hospital-Acquired Condition: Adverse drug events, 11,540; Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, 4,427; Central line-associated bloodstream infections, 1,998; Falls, 2,750; Obstetric adverse events, 15; Pressure ulcers, 20,272; Surgical site infections, 1,297; Ventilator-associated pneumonias, 1,150; (Post-op) Venous Thromboembolisms, 520; All other HACs, 6,387.

Preliminary 2013 estimates show that the decline in HACs resulted in a preliminary estimate of cost savings of approximately $8 billion in 2013. Estimated cumulative savings for 2011, 2012, and 2013 are approximately $12 billion (Exhibit 7). As was the case for the deaths averted estimates, the majority of cost savings are estimated to result from declines in pressure ulcers and ADEs (Exhibit 8).

 

Two related Mulford Library resoruces

 

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March 7, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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