U.S. Hospitals Make 17 Percent Fewer Mistakes

December 2, 2014 1:15 PM

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NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) - About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday.

The lower rate of fatalities from poor care and mistakes was one of several "historic improvements" in hospital quality and safety measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They included a 9 percent decline in the rate of hospital-acquired conditions such as infections, bedsores an...

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