The release of the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show Maryland hospitals could be getting safer. Though the state fell eight spots since the Spring reviews, ranking 38 out of the 49, Maryland ratings have still shown quite a bit of improvement.
Maryland was first rated by The Leap From Group back in 2017. Among the 44 hospitals and medical centers evaluated in the state, this is how the rankings compared:
Despite the significant change in health and safety practices, Maryland hospitals still have a long way to go. Medical errors remain one of the leading causes of death in America, taking hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Hospitals and medical centers have a responsibility to reduce the risk of injury to patients with proper planning and prevention methods. When facilities fall behind in these areas, patients should be made aware.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade has become the golden standard for medical facilities to strive for. For nearly 20 years, The Leap Frog Group has been committed to raising the bar for safer health care by holding medical facilities accountable for their actions. Their biannual reports (released in Spring and Fall) provide patients with the critical information they need to make informed decisions about their health through transparency and education on the safety of their local hospitals.
The Leapfrog Expert Panel derives each hospital’s grade by selecting, analyzing, and determining the weight of 28 measures of hospital safety based on three factors: evidence, the opportunity for improvement, and impact. Each measure is then defined into two groups contributing to 50 percent of the overall score: Process/Structural Measures (how often facilities communicate with their patients and the environment/systems a hospital uses to serve patients) and Outcome Measures (what happens to the patient while they are receiving care at a medical facility).
The 28 measures are spread across five main areas of risk that can significantly affect a patient’s health and safety, including:
Maryland did not have any facilities with failing grades this year, but four facilities were borderline. These facilities are struggling with a number of different safety practices that could put patients in danger, such as:
Even more concerning than the errors and shortcomings found during these surveys is the information ‘D’ rated hospitals refused to provide. These areas include handwashing practices, staff collaboration to prevent errors, and the ability to track risks or hire enough leaders to help reduce harm to patients.
See how your local hospital rated below:
Not all hospitals are as safe as others. And patients should not have to sacrifice their health because their local hospital is neglectful. Before your next appointment, these are the steps you should be taking to reduce your risk for medical errors:
Accidents caused by preventable medical errors can be devastating and life-threatening. Hospitals have a responsibility to keep their patients safe, and this includes putting proper safety methods in place. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, our experienced team at D’amore Personal Injury Law is here to help.
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