High Inpatient Deaths & In-hospital Complications
High-quality healthcare is defined as care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. The hospital inpatient mortality rate (the proportion of patients who die during or shortly after admission to hospital) would be expected to reflect the safety, effectiveness and timeliness of care. A hospital's mortality rates are compared with U.S. National rates to determine whether patients admitted to the hospital have mortality rates that are lower (better) than the U.S. National rate, about the same as the U.S. National rate, or higher (worse) than the U.S. National rate, given how sick they were when they were admitted to the hospital.
There are an estimated 715,000 to 776,000 hospital deaths each year in the United States. Estimates of preventable hospital deaths from medical errors range from about 250,000 annually to as high as 440,000. Flaws contributing to preventable mortality include delays in responding to deteriorating patients, suboptimal critical care, hospital-acquired infections, postoperative complications, medication reactions, and community issues such as the availability of hospice care.
- Hip/knee replacement complication
- Pressure ulcers
- Hospital-acquired pneumothorax
- Broken hip from a fall after surgery
- Bleeding or bruising during surgery
- Kidney and diabetic complications after surgery
- Respiratory failure after surgery
- Blood clots, in the lung or a large vein, after surgery
- Blood stream infection after surgery
- A wound that splits open after surgery
- Accidental cuts and tears during surgery
The metrics of the HACRP encourages hospitals to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of acute inpatient care for patients by:
- Eliminating or reducing patient safety adverse events (healthcare errors resulting in patient harm).
- Focusing on better infection control practices.
- Recognizing hospitals with lowest healthcare-acquired infections.
Saying "no" to medical errors
Identify key risk factors
Monitor key risk factors
Focus on better outcomes control practices
Avoid CMS HACRP Penalties
SafeCareSoft offers EMR-based software applications that aid in control of preventable flaws contributing to preventable mortality including delays in responding to deteriorating patients, suboptimal critical care, and hospital-acquired infections. Our automated applications target postoperative complications and medication reactions to minimize hospital acquired conditions (HACRP) and better hospital rankings.
It is estimated that there are between 250,000 and 440,000 hospital deaths from medical errors each year. The death (mortality) rates are estimates of deaths:
- In the 30 days after either entering the hospital for a specific condition or procedure.
Saying no to medical errors