1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions leads to a savings of $12 billion

December 3, 2014 10:55 AM

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a report to the effect that no fewer than 1.3 million lives have been saved from certain death that could have arisen from hospital-acquired conditions, thereby saving $12 billion in hospital costs. Hospital-acquired conditions are health conditions that arise from visits to hospitals, or prolonged treatments at hospitals during hospitalization; and some of these are drug reactions, falls, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections among others.

According to Sylvia M. Burwell, the secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, “Today’s results are welcome news for patients and their families. These data represent significant progress in improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars mo...

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