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September 27, 2010

Care Improves in US Hospitals

Accredited hospitals in the US are providing higher quality care for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical patients, according to a report by The Joint Commission. The annual report, which analysed 3,000 accredited hospitals across the US, shows a continual improvement in providing qual

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Accredited hospitals in the US are providing higher quality care for heart attack, pneumonia and surgical patients, according to a report by The Joint Commission.

The annual report, which analysed 3,000 accredited hospitals across the US, shows a continual improvement in providing quality care between 2002 and 2009.

According to the report, the composite performance of the hospitals in 2009 was 95.4% compared to 81.8% in 2002, an improvement of 13.6%.

The performance of heart attack care improved from 88.6% in 2002 to 97.7% in 2009, and the performance of children’s asthma care improved form 70.7% in 2007 to 88.1% in 2009.

The hospitals’ pneumonia care improved from 72.4% in 2002 to 92.9% in 2009, while surgical care improved from 77.4% in 2004 to 95.8% in 2009.

The report, however, contends that more improvement is needed in fibrinolytic therapy and providing antibiotics to pneumonia patients who are in intensive care unit.

The Joint Commission president Mark R Chassin said that it was encouraging to see high rates of performance in critical process measures and high levels of consistent excellence among hospitals on many measures.

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