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Blog spotlight: Choosing top-ranking hospitals for treatment could mean life or death

Nurse Leader Insider, March 14, 2011

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According to HealthGrades annual report Patient Safety in American Hospitals, certain medical errors are 46% less likely to occur at top-rated U.S. hospitals than bottom-ranked hospitals.

HealthGrades analyzed 40 million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009, focusing on 13 patient safety indicators, such as pressure ulcers, bloodstream infections from catheters, and foreign objects left in the body after procedures to identify medical errors that were largely preventable, and which hospitals were in the 5% for avoiding those errors.

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