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Hospital Mortality Is Not the Way to Judge Quality
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To truly evaluate quality, hospitals would do better to look at avoidable events such as bloodstream infections, which kill 31,000 people a year in the U.S., rather than at mortality rates, a prominent safety expert wrote in a new report. That’s because all too often, patients arrive at the hospital too sick to be saved by the time they are admitted, said Peter Pronovost, MD, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.