Joint Commission Report shows improvement in hospital care

Accredited hospitals in the United States are providing higher-quality, evidence-based care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma care, according to Improving America’s Hospitals:  The Joint Commission’s Report on Quality and Safety 2010.

The data, drawn from more than 3,000 accredited hospitals, show:

  • Significant progress in consistently using evidence-based treatments.
  • Hospital performance on measures of quality relating to inpatient care for childhood asthma has increased dramatically in the two years since being introduced.
  • The 2009 pneumonia care result is 92.9 percent, up from 72.4 percent in 2002
  • The surgical care result improved to 95.8 percent in 2009 from 77.4 percent in 2004

The report, which focuses on accountability measures for the first time, is an effort to clearly demonstrate the impact that performance measures have on improving patient outcomes.

Source: The Joint Commission’s Report on Quality and Safety 2010, Press Release, September 22, 2010, http://www.jointcommission.org/)