|About 40% of all patients admitted to the hospital each year are then injured by the care they receive there. That’s 15 million people a year. See Donald M. Berwick, “Mont Sainte-Victoire,” plenary speech at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 18th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, 12 December 2006.|
May 14, 2010
May 7, 2010
|“For the most part . . . hospitals and surgery centers often fail to screen patients for risks of [blood clots], and only about a third of patients receive the recommended prevention therapies, studies show.” Laura Landro, “In the Hospital, Facing a Scourge of Killer Clots,” Wall Street Journal, 01 April 2009.|
April 30, 2010
“Only about 35% of of hospital employees consistently wash their hands each time they prepare to touch a patient.” Liz Szabo, “Patient, Protect Thyself,” USA Today, 04 February 2007.
“. . .61% of doctors [who are not typically hospital employees] wash their hands before examining a patient if they know someone is watching . . . 44% wash their hands if they think no one is watching.” Robert Langreth, “Fixing Hospitals,” Forbes, 20 June 2005.
April 23, 2010
Almost half of the people running the boards of hospitals — which oversee hospital performance and tell the hospital CEO what to focus on — don’t consider providing high-quality care to be one of the top two priorities.
Further, “only 44% reported that quality of care was important for evaluating the performance of the chief executive officer (CEO).” “Quality Is Not A Top Priority For Nearly Half The Nation’s Hospital Boards,” Health Affairs Sunday Health Policy Update, 08 November 2009.
April 16, 2010
In a study of 19 countries, the U.S. ranked dead last in preventing deaths that could have been prevented with appropriate medical care. “U.S. Has Highest Rate of Preventable Deaths Among Industrialized Nations,” Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 22 January 2008.