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Fewer hospital mistakes mean 50,000 lives and $12B saved

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Fewer hospital mistakes mean 50,000 lives and $12B saved

Tony Pugh, McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:08 AM

WASHINGTON - Improved patient safety and fewer mistakes at U.S. hospitals saved the lives of roughly 50,000 people from 2011 to 2013, the Obama administration reported Tuesday.

Incidents of hospital-induced harm - such as adverse drug events, infections, falls, and bedsores - fell by 17 percent, or an estimated 1.3 million episodes, from 2010.

The improvements, driven by a number of public and private initiatives, saved an estimated $12 billion in health-care spending, according to a new government report that found dramatic progress in the fight to curb preventable medical injuries at U.S. hospitals.

Of the estimated 50,000 fewer deaths, a decline in bedsores, or pressure ulcers, helped save roughly 20,300 lives. A drop in adverse drug events - such as overdoses or administering the wrong medication - saved 11,500.

Fewer falls by hospitalized patients saved 6,400 lives, the study found.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20141203_Fewer_hospital_mistakes_mean_50_000_lives_and__12B_saved.html#2qMtJufFJv0YIEYx.99

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