Arizona and Maryland see great drop in in-hospital deaths from pneumoniaDeaths of Americans age 18 and over hospitalized for pneumonia plummeted by 45 percent between 2000 and 2007 regardless of who paid for their care, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Federal agency found that between 2000 and 2007, the average death rate due to pneumonia fell from 74 to 41 deaths per 1,000 admissions. At 23 deaths per 1,000 admissions, Arizona had the lowest pneumonia-related death rate for hospitalized patients, followed closely by Maryland, with 26 deaths per 1,000 admissions. In 2007, eight States reported 50 or more deaths per 1,000 admissions:
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