A push to improve safety helped almost 3,000 hospital patients in Colorado avoid problems ranging from infections after surgery to medication mistakes, according to a report released Monday by the state’s major hospital association.
The Colorado Hospital Association collected data from 32 acute care hospitals from 2012 through 2014, as part of a patient safety campaign.
The CHA says the push resulted in a 31 percent reduction in so-called “patient harms.” Those are things like re-admissions to the hospital, adverse drug events and a variety of infections.
It estimates the improvements prevented harm to a patient in 2,800 cases, saving nearly $15 million. Nationally, the campaign resulted in 50,000 fewer deaths and a $12 billion savings.
The CHA published this infographic with more information: