Data show hos­pi­tals mak­ing gains on safety

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent on­line ar­ti­cle “Hos­pi­tal pa­tients no safer to­day than 15 years ago, Se­nate panel hears” (ModernHealth­, 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.

Mar­ket forces drive qual­ity and ex­cel­lence.

Moul­trie D. Plow­den Board chair­man Col­leton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Wal­ter­boro, S.C.

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