Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Infographic: Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions. National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent 20,500 deaths and saved $7.7 billion between 2014 and 2017. Specific rates are: Adverse drug events: 28% decrease. CAUTI: 5% decrease. CLABSI: 6% decrease. C diff: 37% decrease. Falls: 5% decrease. Obstetric events: 5% decrease. Pressure ulcers: 6% increase. Surgical site infections: no change. Ventilator associated pneumonia: 13% decrease. Post-op VTE: 17% decrease. All other HACs: 12% decrease. Total reductions: 13%. Source: AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017. CAUTI - Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections. CLABSI - Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. The percent change numbers are compared to the 2014 measured baseline for HACs. Source: AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017

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Text Description: National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent 20,500 deaths and saved $7.7 billion between 2014 and 2017. Specific rates are: Adverse drug events: 28% decrease. CAUTI: 5% decrease. CLABSI: 6% decrease. C diff: 37% decrease. Falls: 5% decrease. Obstetric events: 5% decrease. Pressure ulcers: 6% increase. Surgical site infections: no change. Ventilator associated pneumonia: 13% decrease. Post-op VTE: 17% decrease. All other HACs: 12% decrease. Total reductions: 13%.

CAUTI - Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections.
CLABSI - Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections.
The percent change numbers are compared to the 2014 measured baseline for HACs. Source: AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017
Source: AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017 (PDF, 545 KB)

Page last reviewed May 2019
Page originally created January 2019
Internet Citation: Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed May 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/data/infographics/hac-rates_2019.html
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