According to a recent article in FierceHealth, the grade a hospital receives indicates the risk patients face when getting a procedure done or being admitted. A report by Leapfrog Group suggests that while the numbers are heading in the right direction, an estimated 160,000 people still died from avoidable medical efforts in 2018.
In Leapfrog’s annual hospital safety grades, approximately 32 percent of the 2,600 hospitals evaluated received and “A” grade for safety, 26 percent earned a “B grade, and 36 percent a “C” grade. About seven percent received a “D” or “F” grade.
Patients at hospitals with a "C" grade when it came to safety were 88% more likely to die from an avoidable error compared with patients treated at hospitals that received an "A." Patients at hospitals with a "D" or an "F" grade were 92% more likely to die from an avoidable error compared to hospitals with an "A."
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. According to the Leapfrog website, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are an independent, nonprofit grading system that assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general, acute-care hospitals in the United States. They indicate that the methodology underlying the Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, which also prepared the white paper on estimated deaths associated with patient safety.
The top five states with the highest percentages of “A” hospitals are: Oregon (58%), Virginia (53%), Maine (50%), Massachusetts (48%), and Utah (48%).
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