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Rate Falls for Often-Deadly Ailments Acquired in U.S. Hospitals

Wednesday, December 3, 2014  
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The incidence of often-deadly ailments that patients fall prey to inside U.S. hospitals fell by 17% between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration said.  Such accidental ailments include infections, falls and adverse reactions to drugs. The administration estimates that the decline resulted in as many as 50,000 fewer people dying while hospitalized over the three-year period.  There were 121 so-called hospital-acquired ailments for every 1,000 patients discharged in 2013, down from 145 in 2010, the first year for which data was collected by the administration, according to a report published by the Department of Health and Human Services.  HHS officials said that they believe the reduction to be unprecedented, though data from before 2010 on such incidents aren’t comparable.  The officials estimated that it translated into 1.3 million fewer harmful incidents and that it reduced health-care spending by up to $12 billion between 2010 and 2013.  Click here to read more.....

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