Hospitals have lower death rates during surprise inspections | Reuters

REUTERS | on Mon, Mar 20, 2:59 PM

(Reuters Health) - - Patients may be less likely to die in U.S. hospitals during weeks when accreditation inspectors show up unannounced than during other times of the year, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined mortality data for 1,984 hospitals nationwide from 2008 to 2012. During surprise inspections, 7.03 percent of patients died within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital, the study found. At other times, the 30-day mortality rate was 7.21 percent.The difference was mor...

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