Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as a physician and health care executive for more than three decades. In addition to his role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, since 2011, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the principal investigator for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
With the goal of acquiring evidence to create safer, higher quality, more accessible health care, the AHRQ works alongside organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
One way in which the AHRQ helps disseminate the information gleaned from their research and surveys is through a popular new media form, the infographic. One such infographic outlines the recent decrease of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). HACs are illnesses patients did not have when admitted to the hospital, but with which they were infected during their stay, such as surgical site infections, pressure ulcers, and adverse drug events.
This survey found that between 2010 and 2014, there was a 17 percent reduction in the number of hospital-acquired conditions – or a total of 2.1 million conditions avoided – resulting in 87,000 preserved lives. This decrease also meant a savings of almost $20 billion in hospital costs.
The full details of this study were compiled in an AHRQ report entitled “Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update,” which was published in December of 2015.