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Report Finds Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issued a report yesterday that found a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014. According to the report, this improvement translates to 87,000 lives saved and nearly $20 billion in health care costs averted. Hospital-acquired conditions include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, pressure ulcers and surgical site infections. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that these major strides in patient safety are a result of strong, diverse public-private partnerships, including the federal Partnership for Patients initiative, hospital engagement networks and quality improvement organizations.