Never has it been more critical for Americans to understand the importance of in hospital death rates and survival rates associated with hospital stays. Hospitals and emergency rooms today are increasingly overcrowded with those who are critically ill, either from COVID-19 or from other acute illnesses that require immediate medical care. 

In these trying times, many are seeking and accepting care wherever they are used to receiving it, without any exploration of which hospital or emergency room will give them the best shot at survival. Yet the facts show that there is a significant difference – even among the best hospitals – in survival rates, with the chances of survival in some hospitals nearly twice as high as others.

Even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, more than 400 people died in US hospitals each day due to poor hospital performance, according to a 2019 report. Many of these deaths could be prevented—if hospitals were to prioritize saving the lives of their most ill and patients were to prioritize hospital performance in their choice of care.

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Originally published on Forbes (April 14, 2020)