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Agency cites drop in hospital-patient-safety risks

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that efforts to reduce such hospital- patient-safety risks  as adverse drug events or falls saved 8,000 lives and $2.9 billion  in 2014-2016. The numbers came in the federal agency’s   National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions.

The study said that the AHRQ estimated that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided in that period, cutting the rate of such adverse events by 8 percent.

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