Some Cardiac Patient Safety Improvements, Others Lacking
the MPR take:
An analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has found that while adverse events occurring in patients hospitalized with cardiac conditions are declining, other conditions have not seen this decrease. Over 61,000 hospitalized patient records from the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System were analyzed to compare adverse events rates for patients from 2005–2011. Adverse events for patients with acute myocardial infarction went from 5% to 3.7%, congestive heart failure from 3.7% to 2.7%, and 1 or more adverse events from 17.5% to 14.2%. No changes were seen for pressure sores or urinary tract infections for patients hospitalized for pneumonia or surgeries.
Fewer adverse events are occurring in patients hospitalized with cardiac conditions, but other conditions haven't seen much improvement, according to an analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Using data on more than 61,000 hospitalized patients from the Medicare ...
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