All hospitals are graded based on health and safety, but how often do patients read the report cards of their local hospitals?
If you read yours, you would know that no hospital in the D.C. area received an A grade. Worse, two hospitals were given F’s.
According to the report from NBC News, D.C. hospitals now rank last in the nationwide grading – especially when it comes to avoiding medical errors, infections, and injuries. Its neighbor, Virginia, has the highest rank with 60 percent of hospitals in that state receiving an A grade from the national health grader, Leapfrog. There were 13 hospitals in Virginia close to the D.C. border with A grades. No Maryland hospitals in the area received F grades and one had an A. Comparatively speaking, this makes it evident that the D.C. healthcare system needs significant work.
Virginia has a stellar report card when it comes to patient safety and health, while D.C. now ranks the lowest in the country.
In Virginia, the following hospitals received an A grade from Leapfrog:
No hospitals in Virginia received an F grade.
As stated previously, no hospital received an A grade – but Sibley Memorial Hospital did receive a B. This was the highest-ranking hospital in the area.
Those that received an F grade from Leapfrog include:
Others received the C and D grade rating.
Hospital safety grades are essential, because they tell patients where they should go for their next surgery, and help patients pick the right providers based on which hospitals they have privileges in.
A safety grade from Leapfrog gives more than just a grade – in fact, it goes into detail about what made the hospital fail based on patient safety and risk of infection.
Based on the Fall 2017 grading system, Leapfrog currently ranks Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho, and Virginia in their top list for the safest hospitals.
The hospital survey results are for consumers, investors, and even potential practitioners. Those interested in working at a local area hospital may want to know the recent grades and see what risks they would face working in a specific facility.
Some benefits to having hospital ratings performed by an independent, third-party include:
Leapfrog assesses hospitals on patient safety. This is an assessment on how well a hospital protects their patients from errors, accidents, infections, and other injuries that are otherwise preventable with proper protocols.
Most hospitals are good at protecting their patients from unnecessary harm, but others are not. Therefore, it is good for patients to know what hospitals put their health and safety first.
Nearly 440,000 people die each year in hospitals from preventable injuries and accidents. Therefore, all hospitals should put patient safety as a high priority – ensuring that their facility is free from unnecessary risks.
Medical errors happen daily in the United States. While many do not result in a catastrophic injury or death, there are some that can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, 722,000 people develop an infection during a hospital stay in the United States, and approximately 75,000 die from those infections – most of which are preventable.
Common injuries that occur in the hospital setting include:
If you or a loved one was injured in a hospital due to negligent care, inadequate staffing, an unnecessary infection, or another form of malpractice, speak with an attorney today from Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP.
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