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Rates of Improvement
- Areas where significant attention has been concentrated, such as appropriate timing of antibiotics for surgery and reducing medication errors, have shown progress:
- Over 30% more patients received appropriate timing for antibiotics before and after surgery in 2005 than in 2004.
- From 2004 to 2005, adverse drug events from warfarin and low-molecular-weight heparin declined 21% and 28%, respectively.
- Deaths following complications of care declined 2.4% from 1994 to 2004.
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