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Health Agencies Update
July 24/31, 2018

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declining

JAMA. 2018;320(4):331. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10151

Hospital-acquired conditions, such as catheter–associated urinary tract infections, adverse drug events, and injuries from falls, continued to decline from 2014 to 2016, according to the latest national scorecard released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Previously, AHRQ reported that the overall rate of hospital-acquired conditions decreased 17% from 2010 through 2014, resulting in 87 000 fewer deaths and approximately $19.9 billion in cost savings. Between 2014 and 2016, this rate fell another 8%, from 98 hospital-acquired conditions per 1000 discharges to 90 per 1000 discharges, according to updated AHRQ data. An estimated 350 000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided, preventing an estimated 8000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion. However, rates of certain hospital-acquired conditions, such as pressure ulcers, rose between 2014 and 2016.