How safe is your hospital?

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, non-profit national organization founded more than a decade ago by America’s leading employers and private health care experts.

In the interest of the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the U.S., Leapfrog advocates and promotes hospital transparency through its data collection and public reporting initiatives. Twice a year, in spring and fall, the organization measures the nation’s hospital performance, the results of which are released in its Leapfrog Hospital Survey — a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which over 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the U.S. voluntarily participate free of charge. The Leapfrog Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBCThe New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.

As Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a press release: “Hospitals don’t all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade.”

Leapfrog assign to hospitals safety grades of A to F, representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 28 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Using 28 evidence-based measures of patient safety, Leapfrog calculates a numerical score for all eligible hospitals in the U.S. The numerical score is then converted into one of five letter grades:

  • A = The safest hospitals, with a numerical score greater than or equal to 3.151.
  • B = Hospitals with a numerical score less than 3.151, but greater than or equal to 2.965.
  • C = Hospitals with a numerical score less than 2.965, but
    greater than or equal to 2.502.
  • D = Hospitals with a numerical score between 1.5 standard deviations and 3.0 standard deviations below the mean.
  • F = Hospitals with a numerical score more than 3.0 standard
    deviations below the mean.

Patients at hospitals that receive “D” or “F” grades face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death compared to “A” hospitals. At “C” and “B” hospitals, patients on average face an 88% and a 35% greater risk respectively. Leapfrog estimates that if the risk at all hospitals was equivalent to what it is at “A” hospitals, 50,000 lives would have been saved. Overall, the researchers estimate that 160,000 lives are lost every year due to avoidable medical errors.

As an example, Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys is one of the two hospitals in California which received an “F” grade — for its staff’s weak communication and responsiveness, handwashing, the spread of infections, and deaths from treatable complications. The other “F” hospital is Lompoc Valley Medical Center in Lompoc.

Here are the results of Leapfrog’s Spring 2019 hospital safety survey:

  • The numerical scores ranged between approximately 1.9 and 3.7.
  • The average score was approximately 3.0.
  • 32% of hospitals, numbering 832, received a grade of “A”.
  • 26% of hospitals (N=681) received a grade of “B”.
  • 36% of hospitals (N=938) received a grade of “C”.
  • 6% of hospitals (N=160) received a grade of “D”.
  • <1% of hospitals (N=9) received a grade of “F”.

To find out the safety rating of your hospital and those of other hospitals in your state, go here.

~Eowyn

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William
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William

There is only one hospital here and it got an “A”. One area where it got a very bad grade was “surgical wound splits open”. That happened to me a few years ago, it took months to heal. No idea why that’s such a problem at this hospital

Alma
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Alma

How safe can hospitals be, when the hazardous containers for disposable needles are installed inside the room right by the door of the patients’ rooms? Indeed the containers have red tape indicating hazardous materials but who’s to tell every time a needle is placed in, did it safely go in? Why is it that a patient enters the hospital with an ailment, gets well and goes home with another ailment he didn’t have before? Besides the cost of the hospital stay, patients are sent home where there’s a better chance to recover. No, I don’t think there’s ANY hospital safe.… Read more »

William
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William

Hospitals aren’t safe, they’re full of sick people. I used to visit my clients in the psych and detox units of our hospital, so often that they gave me a key. I was constantly getting sick but since I involuntarily retired I haven’t had a cold for three years

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Read “Confessions of a Medical Heretic” by Robert Mendelsohn, or any of his books really, he told it like it is (still).

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

They aren’t safe, which is why I’m very suspicious of this grading system. People from the old country knew hospitals were places you went to die. My mom (who had been in enough hospitals to run one herself) always said how dirty they were. She also said not to go unless you can’t stand the pain, can’t stop the bleeding, and something else but I can’t remember it. I haven’t been to a doctor for over 20 years, I know how to cure a lot of problems that have come up. The only “good” medicine is emergency medicine usually, though… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I was thrilled to read that Providence, Portland, OR was an “A” rated hospital, since I was there twice last year. But, I was horrified that OHSU, which is a teaching hospital/university here in Portland . . . and they only attained a “C” grade–that is appalling!

Thank you for offering such a wonderful article. If it were found that the hospital that I use was less than an A, I would have to do something else about where I was willing to be hospitalized. Great article!!!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

That’s great. My insurance doesn’t work like that. They send you to whoever they have agreements with. That can be good or bad. In truth, there shouldn’t be that much difference.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Like Dr. Rob Mendelsohn said, you never want to go to a “teaching” hospital, he said it isn’t well known (this from the 80’s) that a lot of experimentation goes on without the patients knowledge or consent. Docs are like cops, they protect their own. He also said to never take a child to a teaching hospital, for the same reasons.

William
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William

The Leapfrog Group. Very cool name

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Should have been “The Mengele Group”.

William
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William

They considered that but it didn’t play well with certain (((focus groups))). I met a woman once, a friend of my father, who supposedly came face to face with him in Auschwitz . She had the tattoo but she was also on about lampshades and Oy! The sufferink! Going off topic…

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, you know you’re in trouble when they do a dental chart of your gold teeth.

DCG
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As expected, the two hospitals in my town got a C and a D. That’s why they say “go to the city” if you want good treatment…

Lophatt
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Lophatt

This is a subject that needs a lot of work. The first “problem” is that these are all “for profit” operations. As a result, they are forever trying to cut costs at the patient’s expense. This does not matter if you have a premium health plan (as I do), or not. Here most of the nursing staff is Filipino. I’m not saying that’s automatically “bad”, but it can be. I have noted from personal experience that different hospitals operate with different standards of care. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to choose a hospital as the health care provider negotiates… Read more »

William
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William

Capitalist medicine, where the first question is “How are you paying” rather than “Where does it hurt”, doesn’t work. It only works for shareholders. The excesses of for-profit medical care were originally offset to some extent by the devotion of doctors, some anyway, but the system attracts mediocrities, bureaucratic paper shufflers. It’s the same in mental health, you find yourself constantly swimming against the tide to the point of burnout and exhaustion. Here many doctors have retired or moved and have been replaced by Indians. I was visiting someone in our hospital recently and all the doctors and nurses were… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Precisely, and its the same here. I was sent to one who kept telling me that he knew me back in his village. I’ve never been to India. “How are you paying” rather than “Where does it hurt”, is precisely right. The “Virginia Mason” hospital I mentioned had literally DOZENS of “school desks” as one walked in all to capture your payment information before you even talked to a provider. It’s a very crass and unprofessional environment. I could do a monolog on the “care”. It was awful. I had better care in the Army. My wife’s room mate had… Read more »

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Don’t ever have a medical emergency in Mexico, someone I know had their mother get a brain bleed (she was nuts because she had had brain surgery 5 months previous) from jet skiing, the Mexican hospital held her hostage and would not do anything for her unless they got paid 50 k (credit cards)! The whole family had to scramble to raise that sort of money or their mom would have been left to die!
That’s how much they trust USA insurance companies (she even HAD insurance from the US).

Jackie Puppet
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The hospital nearest me got a B, and the one area I was interested in seeing, was the “Communication With Doctors” – and they got a below average, though only by a tiny fraction – should’ve been even lower. When I dislocated my kneecap and ruptured my patella tendon, I was taken to the ER, but I never saw the ER doctor. All I got was a temporary knee brace, crutches, and a diagnosis of a sprained knee. I’ve walked before on sprained knees – you’ll never walk again with a blown-out knee unless you undergo surgery, which I got… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Your lucky you escaped with your tongue. I had mine top 220 once before a procedure. They were looking at it and me and they went ahead anyway. Later, they sent me a letter telling me they’d given me the wrong medication. That’s what made it shoot up.

I don’t get a warm, comfortable feeling in hospitals.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

I’m surprised they even told you. That is scary they went ahead with the procedure anyway.

William
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William

220 over 100 something is serious. The diastolic/low number should never be over 90. 220/120 used to be my baseline. Once when I was on vacation it was so high it wouldn’t even register, the monitor just said “error”. But I had just ordered a steak and was determined to eat it and I ended up in the ER. This was on five BP meds. I’m now down to four but every time I try to drop one my BP takes off into the stratosphere. All drugs are toxins and I hate having to take them but I don’t want… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Oh yes, I know. At the time I couldn’t understand why my numbers were so high. I wasn’t nervous. I’ve had my pressure under control for years. Then they sent a letter saying that the medication they gave me was “mislabeled”. That sounds pretty lame. The doctor was an Asian guy who “massaged” my neck to lower the pressure. I had bruises for over a week. It hurt. Years ago when my blood pressure was out of control a spike happened and both my eyes turned red. All the blood vessels had ruptured. Thinking about getting a case of meds… Read more »

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

William, you should try going to a Homeopathic doctor or even a Naturopathic one for your high blood pressure. Most are due to dietary issues, stress, etc. Not sure if you are older, but as we age, our BP naturally goes up (I think Tom Cowan had an article about that on the Weston Price website…hold on a sec….here is something but not the main article I read in the journal: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/ask-the-doctor/blood-pressure-high/
Here’s a podcast he did about the heart and its real function (it’s not just a pump), kind of neat: https://40plusfitnesspodcast.com/heart-just-pump-dr-thomas-cowan/

William
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William

Thanks, I’ll check this out. My HTN is relatively well-controlled now but that’s on 4 antihypertensives. It skyrocketed due to internalized stress, mine and that of my clients, which I held for them. Sometimes you have to lend people ego strength because they don’t have any. I could probably go the naturopathic route but like anything else you have to be dedicated to it. The problem with meds, any meds, is that when you discontinue them you have rebound. Dangerous for me because the chronic HTN caused continuous A-fib which needed to be “cardioverted”. So, pills. For now

Jackie Puppet
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I can also remember one time when in my early 20s, I had to get a physical. I had to park far away, and it was in the middle of a downpour. Since I didn’t have an umbrella – I had to sprint for a good minute or so, and 15 minutes later, I had my BP taken – high, or course, but it didn’t matter to the doc I was dripping wet.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

I don’t know…I looked up a hospital that has been known for years to be one of the places you do NOT go to (even my mom had told us that the pediatrician said to not go there), anyway I know of two people that were in there for various reasons and they both died (one was very suspicious circumstances). They also advertise all the time and partnered with the Mayo clinic (hold the onions), which is very suspicious in itself. Maybe the cleaned up their act….but I still don’t trust this, it’s easy enough to bribe people. Like Robert… Read more »

CalGirl
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CalGirl

My family belongs to a Kaiser. I am the only female. When my husband or boys need care, they are fawned-over….a rush to diagnosis and treatment. I once took my nationally-ranked sports- participant son to our local Kaiser on the way home from training facility due to a hip-flexor injury that had just happened that day—-and even from walk-in sick call…he was attended to—I might describe it as “flocked to” by a bevy of “sports physicians.” I hate to “whine” as a politicl subgroup into which we are all divided these days…BUT—- When I, an aging female long past any… Read more »

DCG
Admin

“Just let me know if you want the particulars about the time I walked out of a scheduled Kaiser gynecological internal exam when the practicioner showed up, gloving her hands/fingers that included 2 to 3-inch long manicured/ embellished fingernails.”

Yikes! Good idea to walk away from that situation…