New Hospital Safety Score measures safety â€“ including medication errors, accidents, and infections
Intravenous news: Infection Control Today reports “Approximately 400 people die every day because of a preventable hospital error â€“ the equivalent of a jet crashing every day and killing all aboard. In response to this silent epidemic, more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals will now receive an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score based on patient safety via a first-of-its-kind initiative. A panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts provided guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.
“The Leapfrog Group’s goal is to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.”
For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score will highlight the country’s best hospitals and warn against the worst to save lives and bring attention to the nation’s silent safety epidemic. According to recent studies, 1 in 4 Medicare patients will leave a hospital with a potentially fatal issue they didn’t have prior to hospitalization. On average, one medication error per day occurs for each hospitalized patient, and more than 180,000 Americans die every year from hospital accidents, errors, and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score website â€“ www.hospitalsafetyscore.org â€“ allows visitors to search hospital scores for free, and also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. More information on the Hospital Safety Score can also be found on Sharecare, an online resource of health questions and answers, at www.sharecare.com/group/hospital-safety-score. Patients should visit the Sharecare website for detailed questions and answers on how to stay safe and protect themselves during a hospital stay.”