Report: N.H. Hospitals Reducing Errors, Re-Admissions
A new federal report says New Hampshire hospitals are making progress in reducing both errors and unnecessary re-admissions.
The federal Department of Health and Human Services released a report this month estimating that the 3,700 hospitals participating in the Partnership for Patients program prevented 1.3 million patient harms and re-admissions and saved more than $12 billion in health spending around the country.
The New Hampshire Hospital Association says some of New Hampshire's biggest gains came in fewer patients experiencing pressure ulcers, fewer injuries from falls, fewer adverse drug events and fewer post-surgery infections. From 2011 through June of this year, New Hampshire hospitals prevented 700 patients from experiencing harm and saw 4,300 fewer readmissions compared to before the initiative began.