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Healthcare making progress in reducing heart complications

Case Management Insider, March 3, 2015

Good news from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Heart attack and heart failure patients have a lower risk of experiencing an adverse event today than they did in the past.

A study published in the January 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that this good news, unfortunately, did not extend to surgical patients or those with pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, or pneumonia, all of which remained flat. 
 
“Heart patients are having fewer adverse events today than they have before, which is a major achievement for the nation," said AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, Ph.D. "However, the data show that significant challenges remain in our efforts to make care safer for all patients."
 
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