Study outlines best ways to measure hospital quality

04/22/2010 | HealthLeaders Media

A safety expert said using avoidable events such as bloodstream infections to measure hospital quality is better than reporting mortality rates. Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University, co-author of a study in the British Medical Journal, said patients often are admitted to the hospital too sick to save, so although mortality can be a factor, it should not be the only outcome measure.

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