Patients Safer as Hospital-Acquired Conditions Decline. From 2010–2014, 17 percent of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as adverse drug events, healthcare-associated infections, and pressure ulcers have been prevented in hospital patients. Reducing these HACs has saved an estimated 87,000 lives and nearly $20 billion in health care costs, according to the AHRQ report 'Saving Lives & Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update.' Four columns show summary data representing: 1. 17% Reduction in HACs. 2, 2.1 Million instances of HACs avoided. 3. 87,000 lives saved. 4. $19.8 Billion in costs averted. Source: http://admin.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/interimhacrate2014.html. Publication date: December 1, 2015.  (Logo at top for AHRQ, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

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