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Even as patient safety improves, gaps remain

The federal Healthcare Agency for Research and Quality recently released a study concerning the state of hospitalized patient safety in the U.S. The report’s findings are promising. Specifically, the agency notes within the report that recent patient safety efforts have resulted in approximately 50,000 fewer fatalities caused by hospital-acquired conditions between 2010 and 2013.

Patient safety is a pressing issue and one that is not reported on enough by the media. Various studies published in recent years indicate that incidences of medical malpractice and other preventable patient safety hazards are among the top causes of death in the U.S. It is therefore important to both celebrate the victories noted in this recent report and to observe these victories in a wider context.

While a significant drop in patient fatalities related to hospital-acquired conditions is most welcome, millions of Americans are still dying on an annual basis due to these very causes. Much, much more still needs to be achieved with regards to patient safety and it is therefore critical that the public, lawmakers and members of the medical community resist complacency with regards to this issue.

The authors of the recent report insist that many of the deaths which were prevented in 2013 specifically resulted from greater attention to the prevention of bedsores. This is a welcome achievement. But this victory itself is relatively small in scope. If hospitals focused on bedsores and the prevention of infection in hospitalized patients, how many more lives could be saved on an annual basis? This single example illustrates just how much more needs to be done in order to adequately ensure the safety of America’s hospitalized patients.

Source: CNBC, “Hospitals make 'unprecedented' strides in patient safety,” Dan Mangan, Dec. 2, 2014

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