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Florida leads with most hospital-acquired conditions in the nation

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Recently, Medicare released information that everyone should find helpful to know when choosing a hospital - the count of specific hospital-acquired conditions by hospital. While statisticians may appreciate the amount per 1,000 discharges, I find it more important to understand how many times people in that specific community encountered a hospital-acquired condition.
After all, they are not supposed to be occurring at all.

The hospital-acquired conditions included are:
Air Embolism
Blood Incompatibility
Catheter-Associated UTI
Falls and Trauma
Foreign Object Retained After Surgery
Manifestation of Poor Glycemic Control
Pressure Ulcer (Sores) Stages III and IV and
Vascular Catheter-Associated Infection.

The following list is based on discharges October 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010, a 21 month period.

Rank

State

Count of Hospital Acquired Conditions

1

Florida

2115

2

New York

2035

3

Texas

2020

4

California

1983

5

Pennsylvania

1309

6

New Jersey

1111

7

Illinois

1096

8

Ohio

1014

9

North Carolina

953

10

Michigan

933

11

Georgia

839

12

Virginia

787

13

Tennessee

731

14

Missouri

687

15

Alabama

598

16

Massachusetts

586

17

Indiana

563

18

Wisconsin

545

19

Kentucky

510

20

Washington

488

21

South Carolina

474

22

Oklahoma

426

23

Arizona

417

24

Arkansas

403

25

Conneticut

391

26

Minnesota

386

27

Louisiana

379

28

Mississippi

356

29

Colorado

342

30

Kansas

302

31

West Virgina

246

32

Iowa

225

33

Nevada

203

34

Oregon

195

35

Nebraska

190

36

Maine

163

37

New Hampshire

156

38

New Mexico

132

39

Utah

124

40

Rhode Island

102

41

Delaware

100

42

South Dakota

86

43

Washington

80

44

Hawaii

76

45

Montana

69

46

North Dakota

69

47

Idaho

66

48

Vermont

45

49

Alaska

37

50

Wyoming

30


Does any of it surprise you? Would you like to see more information - like at the hospital level? Please share your thoughts.

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