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Hospital ratings show sharp differences in safety, chance of dying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:02

A surgical tech prepares an operating room in a file photo.  REUTERS/Jonathan BachmanBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - An analysis of government data on hospital safety, including how likely patients are to die of avoidable surgical complications, shows that hospitals vary markedly on these measures and that patients are at higher risk in some nationally-known facilities than at tiny hospitals little known outside their rural communities. The safety ratings of 2,591 hospitals, released by Consumer Reports magazine on Thursday, come at a time when estimates of the number of Americans killed by hospital errors is soaring. According to the 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine that first put a spotlight on the issue, the death toll from medical mistakes in hospitals was at least 98,000 then. In 2010, however, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general said that poor hospital care contributed to 180,000 deaths every year - and that was only among Medicare patients, those 65 or older.

Arrests, warrants in bag theft case at LA airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police served more than two dozen search warrants and made multiple arrests as part of a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Jury convicts Gulfport man of felony DUI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 17:27
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Harrison County jury found Terrance Richard Campbell guilty of felony DUI.