Data show hospitals making gains on safety
Regarding the recent online article “Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears” (ModernHealthcare.com, July 17): Show me the data.
The National Center for Health Statistics Discharge Survey shows inpatient hospital deaths between 2000 and 2010 declined 8% from 776,000 to 715,000, while the number of hospitalizations rose 11%. (Hospital death rates declined overall for the period, but death rates for septicemia increased by 17%—a subject for another day).
With respect to morbidity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2012, there was a 44% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections, a 20% decrease in colon cancer surgical-site infections, an 11% reduction in abdominal hys- terectomy surgical-site infections and a 4% reduction in MRSA cases.
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Moultrie D. Plowden Board chairman Colleton Medical Center Walterboro, S.C.