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Report: Maine has safest hospitals in nation

Hospital Safety Insider, July 23, 2015

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 A report from a hospital safety watchdog group says that despite growing pressure to reduce infections, eliminate errors, and prevent accidents, U.S. hospitals still have a long way to go to keep patients safe.

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based patient safety advocacy group, released its April 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, a report card-like assessment of hospitals that is becoming either a prestigious way for facilities to boast about their quality of care, or a scarlet letter that advocates hope will force them to become more transparent about safety.

"At a time when more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals, [we] believe that patient safety should be job number 1 in every hospital, 24-7," says Leapfrog Group president and CEO Leah Binder in a press statement.

The report card ranked 2,523 U.S. hospitals, with Maine taking the top spot for the third time as the state the Leapfrog Group says is home to the nation's safest hospitals. Of the 18 hospitals scored in Maine, more than 61% took a rating of "A." For the fourth time, no hospitals in the District of Columbia received an A grade. Additionally, neither North Dakota nor Arkansas had any hospitals with an A grade. Nationwide, 782 hospitals earned an A, 719 earned a B, 859 earned a C, 143 earned a D, and 20 earned an F.

This is an excerpt from an article in Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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