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Preventing Serious Complications

These are harmful but preventable outcomes of healthcare or surgery in a hospital setting. The measure a combination of ten Patient Safety Indicators from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and shows how likely patients will suffer from complications while in the hospital or after having certain inpatient surgical procedures. Hospitals can often prevent these complications by following established best practices. Preventing serious complications is an important way of measuring the quality of patient care.