Report: Patient safety is improving in Colorado hospitals

February 2, 2015

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:Colorado Hospital Association infographic

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