Report: Major Reductions in Hospital Acquired Conditions

December 9, 2014


From 2010 to 2013, an estimated 1.3 million fewer patients were harmed and 50,000 fewer patients died from hospital acquired conditions, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


The decrease, which represents a savings of approximately $12 billion over the three-year period, comes largely from sizeable reductions in hospital acquired conditions in the following areas:


  • central line-associated bloodstream infections (down 49%)
  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections (28%)
  • pressure ulcers (20%)
  • surgical site infections (19%)
  • adverse drug events (19%)
  • post-op venous thromboembolisms (18%)


Though the reasons for this progress are not fully understood, the report said that likely contributing factors are pay-for-performance financial incentives by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other payers, as well as quality reporting programs.


View report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality