Omaha, NE (January 12, 2015) - When medical staffing professionals are in the middle of the hospital hustle and bustle, it can be easy to overlook how far healthcare has come even within the last decade. Aureus Medical Group, a leader in healthcare staffing, shines light on the number of lives saved in US hospitals since 2010.
The Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 1.3 million fewer patients were harmed in U.S. hospitals from 2010 to 2013 thanks to widespread efforts to limit adverse drug events, surgical-site infections, and other preventable incidents. The steep drop marks a cumulative 17 percent reduction that has helped save 50,000 lives over the three years.
"This is an unprecedented decline in patient harm in this country," CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway told ModernHealthCare.com. "This means avoiding costly mistakes and readmissions, keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital, and rewarding quality instead of quantity."
The progress was partly due to Affordable Care Act provisions as well as the launch of the HHS Partnership for Patients, a public-private collaborative, officials suggested.
The hospital-acquired conditions include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and central-line-associated bloodstream infections among others. Most of the decrease in deaths in 2013 came from a decline in pressure ulcers, or bedsores, which result from patients being immobile for too long.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.