Safety Ratings Improve in Georgia Hospitals
GA- The statesboroherald.com writes that hospital safety report cars looked better in the most recent survey as compared to one conducted last spring. In the newer report, 26 of the state’s hospitals received “A’s.” In the spring, only 15 hospitals earned the highest grade.*
The numbers work out to 35 percent of hospitals getting top marks. Nationally, Georgia now ranks 17thin overall hospital safety. The report was released by a patient safety organization called Leapfrog.
No hospitals in the state got a rating of “F.”
The group uses “28 evidence-based measures” to calculate the level of patient safety. The goal of the program is to help patients select a hospital that has high standards for patient safety and to incentivize improvements in hospitals.
The group looks at data on accidents, errors, infections, andinjuries. The president of Leapfrog, Leah Binder, pointed out the importance of the issue because medical errors have been found to be the third most common cause of deathin the United States. Binder says that healthcare is an important political issue that has been ignored by politicians. The group reports that there are around 440,000 fatalities resulting from hospital mistakes, accidents, injuries, infections, and errors. About 1 in 25 patients develop infections in hospitals in the United States. And there is about a 25 percent chance of harm, injury or death occurring whenever a patient on Medicare is admitted to a hospital.The problems at hospitals lead to about 1,000 deaths every year.
The states with the highest ratings in the country are New Jersey, Virginia, Oregon, Texas, and Massachusetts. The report indicates that hospitals in Georgia are working on improving their standards.
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