Healthcare associated infections and diabetes complications dropping

In recent Commonwealth Fund blog post, David Blumenthal noted that a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report showed healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) decreasing at the nation's hospitals, with central line associated bloodstream infections dropping 44% from 2008-2012 and some surgical site infections dropping as much as 20%. 

In a separate post, Blumenthal noted that in a separate CDC report published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that between 1990 and 2010 complication rates among US diabetic patients fell sharply.

Surgical checklist reduces patient complications and mortality

Use of the Surgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist, a multidisciplinary surgical safety checklist which includes items such as medication, marking of the operative side, and use of postoperative instructions, can reduce patient mortality and complications, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Study estimates 1 in 5 Medicare patients re-hospitalized within 30 days

A study in the April 2 New England Journal of Medicine estimates that Medicare payments for unplanned re-hospitalizations totaled $17.4 billion in 2004. Researchers used Medicare claims data from 2003–2004 to describe the patterns of rehospitalization and the relation of rehospitalization to demographic characteristics of the patients and to characteristics of the hospitals.
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