Study Evaluates U.S. Hospitals' Death Rates
A study released Oct. 14 revealed that of 5,000 U.S. hospitals examined over a three-year period, the top-ranked (five-star) facilities had a death rate 70 percent lower than the lower-ranked hospitals. Medical officials are urging people to do their research before choosing a hospital, in an effort to avoid hospital injuries brought on by doctor mistakes or negligence.
Overall Decline in Death Rates
The Eleventh Annual Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Study examined approximately 41,000,000 Medicare patient records from 2005 to 2007. The results showed that overall, the death rates declined by 14.7 percent in the U.S. The study examined 17 different procedures and conditions:
The study analysis showed that:
Geography Should Not Be a Factor in Patient Outcomes
The state and regional differences in the quality of hospital care were especially disconcerting to the study's authors, who cautioned that patients should take the time to check out hospital ratings before they undergo elective surgery.
(Source: Washington Post)
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