From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Heart attack death rates are decreasing in U.S. hospitals

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 28, 2010

Heart attack death rates are on the decline at hospitals nationwide, according to a new report card released earlier in July by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reports USA Today. At those hospitals that treat patients suffering heart attacks, death rates dropped from 16.6% to 16.2%. This is due to an increased effort to ensure all heart attack patients receive a certain set of treatments upon arrival to the hospital.

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