Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hospital-Caused Harm Decreased by 4.5% from 2010-2014

JAMA recently published a discussion on trends in safety for hospitalized patients. Here are some key findings from the report:

·         The rate of adverse events among all hospitalized adults in 2010 was 145 events per 1000 hospitalized.

·         In 2014, the rate of harm decreased to 121 adverse events per 1000 hospitalizations.

·         There was a 4.5% decrease in adverse events per year from 2010-2014.

·         Adverse events declined by 8%/year for Medicare patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction.

·         There was a 5% annual decline of adverse events for patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure.

·         The rate of harm to patients hospitalized with pneumonia or for major surgery was unchanged.

Source: JAMA, June 13, 2016

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