Patients, caregivers, and hospital staff can now review the updated 2016 hospital safety scores from The Leapfrog Group. The update includes letter grades for over 2,500 hospitals, as well as an assessment of errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. Leapfrog obtained an in-depth analysis of the results from Johns Hopkins, which included an estimation of each grade level’s number of avoidable deaths.
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Interested parties may search for hospitals by location or hospital name. A hospital’s report may include information on hospital-acquired infections, problems during surgery, error prevention practices, and safety problems. Scores are limited to the data provided by each hospital. The safety score website also provides information about ensuring patient safety, as well as links to additional resources.
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality calculated mean incidence rates of different outcomes as well as attributable mortality rates per 1,000 admissions. The highest mortality rates came from the following measures:
- C. diff. infections (23 percent);
- MRSA infections (22.6 percent); and
- postoperative respiratory failure (21.84 percent).
The report estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths in hospitals each year. Hospitals with a D or F score had a 49.8 percent relative risk of an avoidable death when compared to hospitals with A scores. An estimated 33,459 lives may be saved each year if lower-scoring hospitals had the same performance as hospitals with A grades. However, A hospitals still had room for improvement, as incidence rates were close to lower-ranking hospitals for several measures:
- falls and trauma;
- intensive care unit (ICU) central line blood stream infections;
- ICU catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
- pressure ulcers;
- death among surgical inpatients with serious treatable complications;
- C. diff. infections; and
- postoperative respiratory failure, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, wound dehiscence, and accidental puncture or laceration.