A recent government report has revealed some encouraging figures about the lives saved in the United States, indicating how efficiently the hospitals in the country are working upon reducing medical errors.
According to the government health officials, nearly 50,000 people survived from various diseases in the US as the hospitals in the country committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 in comparison to 2010.
The lower fatalities rate from compromised care and medical mistakes was among the several “historic improvements” in the safety and quality of treatment provided by the hospitals, which is measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
They included a nine percent drop in the rate of hospital-acquired health conditions like infections, pneumonia, bedsores and others between 2012 and 2013.
Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be announcing the data at the CMS Healthcare Quality Conference in Baltimore on Tuesday.
The data is based on an in-depth analysis of thousands of medical records. But as the data was gathered differently before 2010, it is impossible to conduct comparison with the pre-2010 figures to the later ones.
The US hospitals have made an intensive effort for the improvisation of safety for the patients. The efforts are, however, spurred in large part by the changes the Medicare pays them.
The healthcare reform law or Obamacare needs CMS to lower the reimbursement rate for the hospitals that re-admit patients within 30 days. This is an indication of poor care provided to the patients for the first time.
“This is welcome news for patients and their families. It represents an unprecedented decline in patient harm in this country,” CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway said.
The improvements in hospital safety resulted in 1.3 million fewer patients suffering from a hospital-acquired condition in 2013 than the 2010 rate.