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Efforts to improve US hospital safety stalled in 2014, report finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6571 (Published 03 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6571
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

After three years of steady decline in the numbers of patients harmed while receiving care in US hospitals, improvement stalled in 2014, says a report by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.1

The number of hospital acquired illnesses such as adverse drug events, catheter associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections fell from 145 per 1000 hospital discharges in 2010 to 121 per 1000 …

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