Category Archives: Hospital Infection

Majority of States Unable to Counter Infectious Disease Rates

A majority of states are failing to prevent, control and treat infectious disease outbreaks due to outdated systems and limited resources, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The report … finish reading Majority of States Unable to Counter Infectious Disease Rates

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Hospital Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

Nearly 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score report. The annual report, which … finish reading Hospital Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

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Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

Statewide quality initiatives have resulted in significant improvement in participating hospitals across Florida over the past five years, according to a new report by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). Among the results from the first five years of the quality … finish reading Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

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Leapfrog Surcharge Calculator Uncovers Millions Paid for U.S. Hospital Errors: Report

Employers and purchasers concerned about the high price of healthcare can now determine in advance how much they are paying for hospital errors, according to The Leapfrog Group. To counter what has become a costly trend — reports estimate that … finish reading Leapfrog Surcharge Calculator Uncovers Millions Paid for U.S. Hospital Errors: Report

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Rural, Urban Hospitals Score Highly in Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings; Teaching Hospitals Fall Short

Location, location, location. While it definitely impacts the price of real estate, it doesn’t necessarily impact a hospital’s surgery rating, according to Consumer Reports’ first ratings survey on how patients fare during and after surgery. In fact, some hospitals do … finish reading Rural, Urban Hospitals Score Highly in Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings; Teaching Hospitals Fall Short

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U.S. Hospitals Sharing Data, Expertise Reduce Mortality, Costs

A collaborative of 333 hospitals intent on improving costs and care have saved $9.1 billion and 92,000 deaths since 2008 by replicating the performances of top performing hospitals, according to Premier Healthcare Alliance’s QUEST™ collaborative. If hospitals nationwide followed Quest’s … finish reading U.S. Hospitals Sharing Data, Expertise Reduce Mortality, Costs

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Updated Hospital Safety Scores Show Minimal Improvement; Massachusetts, Maine Hospitals Outperform All

Updates to the Hospital Safety Scores(SM), the scores assigned to U.S. hospitals for their rates of preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, show that most hospitals, while making some progress, still have a long way to go to deliver … finish reading Updated Hospital Safety Scores Show Minimal Improvement; Massachusetts, Maine Hospitals Outperform All

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Hospital Infection Rates Unchanged by CMS Penalties

The rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) has not been impacted by CMS penalties, according to a study from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. A study of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data from 2006 to 2011 on HAIs for … finish reading Hospital Infection Rates Unchanged by CMS Penalties

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AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent

A nationwide patient safety project reduced the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in ICUs by 40 percent, preventing more than 2,000 CLABSIs, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in healthcare costs, according to … finish reading AHRQ Patient Safety Project Reduces Bloodstream Infections by 40 Percent

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Certification Leads to Lower Hospital Infection Rates

Hospitals with board-certified infection prevention and control directors have significantly lower rates of bloodstream infections (BSI) than those that are not led by a certified professional, according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers from … finish reading Certification Leads to Lower Hospital Infection Rates

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