WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leapfrog Group announced today the spring 2018 Leapfrog HospitalSafety Grades, finding signs hospitals are making progress in reducing avoidable deaths from errors and infections. The bi-annual grading assigns "A," "B," "C," "D" and "F" letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S., and is the nation's
"The national numbers on death and harm in hospitals have alarmed us for decades. What we see in the new round of Safety Grades are signs of many hospitals making significant improvements in their patient safety record," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. "Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have definitely spurred these improvement efforts. But the hospitals achieving new milestones are doing the hard work, and we salute them as well as the leaders, researchers and organizations fighting every year for patient safety."
Signs of hospitals achieving improvements included:
Improvement has also been seen in Maryland and Washington, D.C. metro area. Maryland, which received Safety Grades for the first time in fall 2017, moved out of the bottom five in Leapfrog's bi-annual state rankings analysis, with three "A" hospitals: Howard County General Hospital, Northwest Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. This analysis ranks states according to their percentage of "A" hospitals. Washington. D.C. also saw its first "A" grade hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, since spring 2013. The nation's capital has consistently ranked near the bottom of Leapfrog's rankings analysis.
"In looking at Maryland over the course of these six months, it's clear there's been an effort to improve since they were first graded in fall 2017," said Binder. "Not only are there now three 'A' hospitals, but six additional hospitals received a 'B' grade, having previously received a 'C' or lower." She continued, "In the case of Washington, D.C., we're encouraged residents have an 'A' hospital in the area for the first time in five years."
Additional Hospital Safety Grade findings include:
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Also announced today, Leapfrog published planned updates to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology for the Fall 2018 grading cycle. Hospitals and other stakeholders are encouraged to view the planned updates and submit public comments on these changes here.
For more information about the Safety Grade, as well as individual hospital grades and state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Journalists interested in additional trend analyses and scheduling an interview should contact LeapfrogMediaGroup@sternstrategy.com.
About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
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