Hospital Care In USA Has Improved Significantly In Eight Years

The report “Improving America’s Hospitals The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2010… presents the overall performance of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals on quality of care measures relating to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, and inpatient psychiatric services.The measures described in this report were chosen because they provide concrete data about the best kinds of treatments or practices for common conditions for which Americans enter the hospital and seek care. Hospitals that performed well are those that consistently provide “evidence-based” treatments — practices demonstrated by scientific evidence to lead to the best outcomes.”

“The results are important because they show that hospitals have improved. The results identify opportunities for further
improvement, and support continual measurement and reporting. Quality improvement in hospitals contributes to saved lives, better health and quality of life for many patients, as well as to lower health care costs.”

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Sources:

http://www.jointcommission.org/NR/rdonlyres/D60136A2-6A59-4009-A6F3-04E2FF230991/0/2010_Annual_Report.pdf
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Swati Patel, VERTICES intern

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