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Report shows decline in certain inpatient mortality rates

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Inpatient mortality rates for 12 common diagnoses and surgical procedures declined steadily from 1994-2004, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reports AHA News. The mortality rate for heart attack fell by 43 per 1,000 admissions over the period, while the mortality rate for congestive heart failure, pneumonia and stroke each fell by about 30 per 1,000 admissions, AHRQ said. Among other declines, the mortality rate for heart bypass surgery fell by 20 per 1,000 admissions while the mortality rate for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair fell by 29 per 1,000 admissions.

The full report Trends in Hospital Risk-Adjusted Mortality for Select Diagnoses and Procedures, 1994-2004 is available online

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