Adverse Events in Hospitals Decreased between 2011 and 2014, Report Finds

March 21, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


The number of patient safety and adverse events declined in hospitals across 34 states between 2011 and 2014, according to a February 2018 statistical brief published by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP screened for such events using 14 of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators, which focus on a variety of complications that can occur during a hospital stay or during surgery, or that are related to overall patient safety. The largest decrease was the average hospital rate for in-hospital falls associated with hip fracture, which declined by 74% between 2011 and 2014.

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