How safe is your hospital? The chances of you dying – New ratings just released

 

The ratings of more than 2,600 hospitals across the country focusing entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections  just came out for 2020. The chances of whether you will come out of your hospital experience with your life or are injured.

The new spring 2020 ratings released by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group released a new round of safety grades.

Search by Zip, City and State. After you chose the hospital click on full score and check out infections rates, problems with past surgeries, etc. including past years’s ratings.

Hospital Errors Causes 160,00 Deaths in U.S. each year it is estimated …

So while the the politicians and media report non stop COVID-19 deaths, the truly worrisome and avoidable deaths and injuries are not being addressed as they should.

Leapfrog assigns A,B,C,D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog explains that the safety grade includes 28 measures that are taken together to “produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.”

The group uses performance measures from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s worth noting the metrics used to determine this spring’s hospital grades originated from safety data reported for periods ending in 2018 and 2019. The report does not take into account the strain the new coronavirus outbreak is placing on some hospitals where staff are experiencing shortages of drugs and protection equipment.

For a full description of the methodology, go here.

For last year’s round of rankings, the Leapfrog Group’s research found that patients at hospitals that receive “D” or “F” grades face a 92 percent greater risk of avoidable death compared to “A” hospitals. At “C” and “B” hospitals, patients on average face an 88 percent and a 35 percent greater risk respectively.

The Leapfrog Group recently released its spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades, assessing more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals on how well a facility prevents medical errors and other harm to patients. (Shutterstock)

The group estimates that if the risk at all hospitals was equivalent to what it is at “A” hospitals, 50,000 lives would have been saved. Overall, the researchers estimate that 160,000 lives are lost every year due to avoidable medical errors. That figure is down from 2016, when the Leapfrog Group estimated there were 205,000 avoidable deaths.

Leah Binder

Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a press release. “Hospitals don’t all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade.”

“The good news is that tens of thousands of lives have been saved because of progress on patient safety. The bad news is that there’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

 

 

 

Leapfrog ratings are important. Do check out your hospital new spring 2020 ratings

 

 

 

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