New data released by the federal Department Of Health And Human Services indicates there has been a decline in the number of hospital readmissions, as well as the number of hospital-acquired infections across the country's hospitals. The data indicates hospital strategies to reduce medical negligence are working, helping prevent as many as 15,000 fatalities across the country's hospitals in 2011 and 2012.
According to the data, the incidence of hospital-acquired infections actually dropped from 145 for every 1000 patient discharges in 2010, to 132 for every 1000 patient discharges in 2012. There were 560,000 fewer incidences of hospital -acquired infections in American hospitals. That indicates tremendous progress has been made in reducing the risk of preventable infections. In fact, the reduction in infections has overall led to a drop in the number of fatalities in American hospitals.
The analysis of data from between 2010 and the last quarter of 2013 also finds there has been a reduction of 53 .2% in ventilator associated pneumonia, a fall of 64.5% in early elective deliveries, as well as a drop of 15 .8% in obstetric trauma rates. Additionally, there was a drop of close to 13% in venous thromboembolic complications, as well as a decline of 14.7% in fall accidents, and a drop of 25% in the rates of pressure ulcers.
Strategies to prevent fall accidents, medication errors, infections and other complications resulted in savings of more than $4 billion in healthcare costs in 2011 and 2012. The reduced rates of readmissions contributed heavily to those savings. Readmission rates for Medicaid beneficiaries dropped to 18.5% in 2012 and then 17.5 percent in 2013.