Michigan hospitals saw nearly 11,000 fewer readmissions in 2014 compared to 2013, a savings of more than $100 million in health care costs, says a new report on patient safety and quality advancements by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone Center.
“Michigan hospitals have positively changed the way healthcare is delivered in our state and across the nation,” says Brian Peters, CEO of the Lansing-based association of hospitals in the state. “Our state’s dedicated healthcare professionals have reduced infections and saved lives, while engaging patients and their families at all stages of their care.”
Peters says efforts to improve critical care medicine yielded a nearly 35 percent reduction in septic shock (a widespread infection causing organ failure and low blood pressure) mortality in 2014 compared to 2011. Michigan hospitals also saw a nearly 70 percent reduction in central-line-associated bloodstream infections in 2014 when compared to 2004.
Peters says hospitals in the state also reduced early elective births by 60 percent in 2014 compared to 2010, impacting nearly 3,000 births. Michigan hospitals reduced catheter use by 27 percent in 2014 compared to 2012, which Peters says lowers the risk of infection.
The Keystone Center is a nonprofit organization offering programs bringing together patient safety experts and hospitals to improve healthcare quality and reduce medical errors. The full report is available here.