The hospitals in the United States committed 17 percent fewer serious medical errors in 2013 as compared to 2010, resulting into saving of about 50,000 lives in the country.
The survey report was prepared following an in-depth analysis of thousands of medical records gathered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The encouraging figures clearly indicated towards how efficiently the American hospitals are working upon reducing medical errors and providing quality treatment to the patients.
“As a result of the improvements in hospital safety, 1.3 million fewer patients suffered a hospital-acquired condition in 2013 than if the 2010 rate had remained steady,” CMS Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway said while adding, “This is welcome news for patients as well as their families and also represents an unprecedented decline in patient harm in the US.”
The survey showed that the hospitals have remarkably lowered the number of conditions like blood infections, ulcers, patient falls, adverse drug reactions and urinary tract infections from catheters.
Moreover, lesser medical mistakes have resulted in healthcare savings of a whopping USD 12 billion approx.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced the data on Tuesday at the CMS Healthcare Quality Conference in Baltimore.
While announcing the new statistics, Burwell said, “A 17 percent reduction in patient harm and USD 12 billion in cost savings is just a beginning for improving quality at hospitals.”
Burwell also expressed need for a collaborative effort of the Health departments, hospitals, doctors and other health care centers to achieve a progressive result in this direction.
The new data on hospital mistakes were detailed in the Baltimore Business Journal.