Report highlights safety, performance of U.S. hospitals

March 26, 2007

Hospitals nationwide have significantly improved the quality of care provided for patients suffering from heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia over the past four years.

According to a new report by the Joint Commission, hospitals nationwide have significantly improved the quality of care provided for patients suffering from heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia over the past four years. The report, Improving America's Hospitals: A Report on Quality and Safety, also revealed that the effectiveness with which hospitals carry out safe practices and provide patients proven treatments for common clinical conditions varies by state. The report goes on to say that these variations spotlight opportunities for hospitals to strengthen their efforts in delivering safe, effective care. Dennis S. O'Leary, M.D., president of the Joint Commission, said that the real and potential improvements in patient safety and healthcare quality identified in the report underscore the value of ongoing measurement of hospital performance against standards and performance measures.

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