Nationwide safety score shows that hospitals are making incremental improvements

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“New research reveals that 1 in 25 patients acquire an infection in the hospital – it’s one reason more than 1,000 people die each day from preventable medical errors. In fact, medical errors remain the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to newly released data, despite progress, even some premier medical institutions are falling behind when it comes to patient safety.

The Spring 2014 update to The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score, which assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals nationwide based entirely on their ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections, shows that hospitals are making incremental improvements. The data reveals that nearly one-third of all hospitals have seen a 10 percent or higher improvement in performance since 2012. The majority of those “wins” are the result of hospitals improving their processes and safe practices – such as hand hygiene, improved staffing levels and training for nurses, and administering the correct antibiotics prior to surgery.”

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