Patients who are admitted to the hospital for treatment of medical problems sometimes get other serious injuries, complications or conditions, and may even die. Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be readmitted to the hospital. These events can often be prevented if hospitals follow best practices for treating patients.
This section shows serious complications that patients with Original Medicare experienced during a hospital stay or after having certain inpatient surgical procedures. These complications can often be prevented if hospitals follow procedures based on best practices and scientific evidence.
Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that people get while they are getting treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting. Many of these infections can be prevented through the use of proper procedures and precautions.