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Illinois Hospital Association Releases Report on Harmful Events

A report released by the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Thursday (Oct. 17, 2013) showed that fewer preventable harmful events occurred in hospitals throughout the state in 2012 compared to the previous year. The report is based on the achievements of more than 200 hospitals and health systems in Illinois. It found that those hospitals reduced the number of falls, pressure ulcers, infections and other harmful events (843 less) with an estimated cost savings of about $18 million. It also found that preventable hospital re-admissions stayed about the same at 14 percent during that time frame. Specific hospitals were not named. A copy of the report, “Raising the Bar, A Call to Action,” can be found here.

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