When it comes to patient safety, all hospitals and U.S. states aren’t created equal, according to the newly updated Hospital Safety Score. The Spring 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score that assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States showed hospitals have made only incremental progress in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt their patients. The Hospital Safety Score methodology is fully transparent and has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety.
The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent, national nonprofit organization that administers the Score, confirms this has contributed to a shift in how the U.S. states are ranked for hospital safety. With 80 percent of its hospitals receiving an “A,” Maine edged out Massachusetts as the number one state for safety. Joining Maine and Massachusetts in the “top five” ranking for number of “A” Scores are Minnesota, Virginia and Illinois. Tennessee ranks 12th nationally with 34% of its hospitals receiving an "A".
Three of those A rated hospitals are in Memphis:
- Methodist LeBonheur Germantown
- Methodist University
- Saint Francis Hospital Memphis
All three of these hospitals have received As on all of the releases of the Hospital Safety Score and were recognized for their achievement at MBGH's 2013 Annual Awards Luncheon (click here to read more).
See all results for Memphis-area, Tennessee, and hospitals across the country at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. You can also download an app from the home page to access hospital safety scores quickly. Share this important information with your employees so they, too, can select hospitals that have made the grade on patient safety.
Key national findings from this release of The Hospital Safety Score include:
- Of the 2,514 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 780 earned an “A,” 638 earned a “B,” 932 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D” and 16 earned an “F.”
- A total of 1.9 percent of hospitals showed dramatic change in their Hospital Safety Score, moving two or more grade levels up or down. Approximately 73.9 percent of hospitals maintained the same Score from November 2012.
- The states with the smallest percentage of “A” hospitals include Nevada, Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia and New Mexico, which holds the lowest percentage at 6.7 percent.
- The largest change in an individual safety measure was the Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) measure, which rose from 29 to 34. CPOE technology reduces the number of errors related to handwriting or transcription and provides error checking for incorrect doses and tests.
- A range of hospitals earned “A’s,” with no one class of hospitals (i.e., teaching hospitals, public hospitals, etc.) dominating among those showing the highest safety Scores. Hospitals earning an “A” include academic medical centers Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Mayo Clinic. Many rural hospitals earned an “A,” including Geisinger Medical Center and Blessing Hospital.
- Hospitals with myriad national accolades, such as Duke University Hospital, earned an “A.”• “A” Scores were also earned by hospitals serving highly vulnerable, impoverished and/or health-challenged populations, such as Detroit Receiving Hospital.