Improved patient care translates to $aving$

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 10/23 2013 01:50PM

Updated 10/23 2013 01:56PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Hospitals are raising the bar on patient care. In 2010, 200 hospitals pleaded to make improvements.

A new study shows from 2011 - 2012, these healthcare systems reduced harm to patients in seven key areas. They're getting better at avoiding patient falls, ventilator-associated pneumonia and pressure ulcers.

While patients' health and safety are key, the efforts are also cutting costs for patients. The study shows 843 instances of patient harm were avoided which is about $18-million in savings.

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