AHRQ: Hospital acquired-conditions decline by nearly 1 million / by AzHHA

Vicki Buchda, Director of Care Improvement   

Hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) declined nationally by 13 percent between 2014 and 2017, preventing an estimated 20,500 deaths and $7.7 billion in health care costs, according to preliminary data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. HACs decreased by an estimated 910,000 over the period, including a 37 percent decline in C. difficile infections and 28 percent decline in adverse drug events, showing that patient safety initiatives such as the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) are working to make healthcare safer. We will continue to keep you updated of the HIIN progress nationally as well as in Arizona.