Maryland Falters in State's First Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

Almost half of New Jersey's hospitals earned an "A" in the latest national safety report measuring how effective nurses, doctors and other medical staff are in preventing infections, falls and mistakes than often make patients sicker than they arrived.

Three area hospitals - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital - retained their A grades in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report for fall 2017.

In Savannah, Memorial University Medical Center, Candler Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital all received a grade of "C".

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 USA hospitals.

There were no reported F grades in the entire state.

The evaluation system factors in medical errors, infections and injuries, data provided to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association, and surveys compiled by Leapfrog.

With 46.2 percent of participating hospitals receiving an A, Colorado ranked 10th in the US and second among states in the Rocky Mountain West, behind only Idaho.

Both Douglas and Paulding hospitals consistently receive top scores, the release stated.

The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel selected 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, analyzed the data and determined the weight of each measure based on evidence, opportunity forimprovement and impact. If every hospital in the United States received an "A" grade, according to Leapfrog, 33,000 lives would be saved on an annual basis.

The report graded twenty-five hospitals in CT. The fact that hospitals overall haven't improved performance in the last five years might be because they are inundated with many other kinds of public surveys and reports that also evaluate their performance, said Francois de Brantes, vice president and director of the Center for Payment Innovation at the Altarum Institute. "At the very least, everyone should get an A on patient safety". The hospital received a "B" grade back in 2014.

In the Leapfrog study, Bridgeport Hospital ranked below average in 18 out of categories. Structural Measures represent the environment in which patients receive care.

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