A new study suggests bigger hospitals may do better with the treatment of some conditions than smaller ones.
Los Angeles (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests patients in larger hospitals may fare better than they would if admitted to those with less experience treating certain conditions. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the study of patients on Medicare shows bigger hospitals had lower death rates for patients who suffered a heart attack, pneumonia, or heart failure.
Dr. Mark Hlatky, a professor of health research and policy at Stanford University, who’s unrelated to the study, is quoted by the AP as stating of the need for patients to go to the nearest available hospital in case of an emergency, “Experience does matter, but if you’re in the middle of a heart attack, you don’t choose which hospital you go to.”
As noted by the AP, individuals may compare hospitals with an online tool available at http://www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov. More information about the study may be found in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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