Date published: November 1, 2010
was the 2009 heart attack care result from The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2010 - up from 88.6 percent in 2002. A 97.7 percent score means that hospitals provided an evidence-based heart attack treatment such as aspirin at arrival and beta-blockers at discharge 977 times for every 1,000 opportunities to do so.
percentage points was the improvement in consistently using evidence-based treatments. In 2002, hospitals achieved 81.8 percent composite performance on 957,000 opportunities to perform care processes related to accountability measures. In 2009, hospitals achieved 95.4 percent composite performance on 12.5 million opportunities.
was the 2009 children's asthma care result, up from 70.7 in 2007, when measures of quality relating to inpatient care for childhood asthma were first introduced.
was the 2009 pneumonia care result, up from 72.4 percent in 2002 - an improvement of 20.5 percentage points.
was the surgical care result in 2009, up from 77.4 percent in 2004.
or better was hospitals' performance result for most individual process of care measures, however the report contends that more improvement is needed.
of hospitals achieved 90 percent compliance or better in providing fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes of arrival to heart attack patients.
of hospitals achieved 90 percent compliance or better in providing antibiotics to intensive care unit pneumonia patients within 24 hours of arrival.
Source: improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2010