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Does Your Hospital Make the Grade?

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How safe is the hospital you and your family go to? How does it rate when it comes to preventing errors, injuries, accidents, or infections? The statistics on bad patient care are disturbing:

  • There are approximately 440,000 people who die every year because of medical errors, injuries accidents or infections they receive while in the hospital.
  • Every day, 1,000 people die from a preventable hospital error.
  • One out of every 25 hospital patients in this country will develop an infection from their stay in a hospital.
  • Patients who are on Medicare are even more at risk – one out of every four will experience harm, injury or death –  separate from their initial medical problem – after being admitted to the hospital.

The non-profit organization, The Leapfrog Group, has just released its annual Hospital Safety Score report. The report assigns grades to over 2,500 hospitals around the country, from A to F for their ability to prevent medical errors, infections and injuries, as well as reveal which hospitals have improved their practices since the last report and which hospitals continue to fail to make patient safety a priority.

According to the findings:

  • There were 790 hospitals that received an “A” grade, 688 received “B”, 868 received “C”, 148 received “D” and 26 hospitals received a grade of “F.”
  • When it came to infections the only significant improvement since last year was for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units.
  • There was a significant increase in surgical site infections among patients who have undergone major colon surgery.

There were 77 hospitals in North Carolina that were included in the hospital safety report. The breakdown of grades were 23 hospitals receiving an “A” grade, 28 received a “B” grade, 19 received a grade of “C” and seven North Carolina hospitals received a grade of “D.”

If you’ve been injured or suffered serious side-effects from medical treatment you have received, contact a North Carolina medical malpractice attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

Kevin M. Duffan
Elizabeth City & Raleigh Personal Injury Attorney
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