Maryland Hospitals Have Reduced ErrorsJune 14, 2018
Hospitals strive to provide exceptional care to all patients. After being ranked in the bottom five of the country’s safest hospitals, the state of Maryland has taken proactive steps to improve their safety rating by reducing medical errors and preventing injuries and infections. According to a safety assessment by the Leapfrog Group, the changes have lifted them out of the bottom five, but there is still room for additional safety improvements.
Leapfrog conducts its safety assessments twice a year. As of the most recent rankings, ten hospitals in Maryland have improved their grades. However, the majority of the hospitals received a grade of C or below. Clearly, this leaves a great deal of room for improvements in a number of areas.
According to the director of operations at Leapfrog, hospitals can prioritize their efforts on areas where they need to make the most improvements. Considering the fact that hospital errors, including injuries, accidents, and infections, are the third leading cause of death in this country, this is an area where many hospitals can make improvements.
Hospital Officials Discuss Data and its Shortcomings
While safety is of course a top concern for hospital officials, they addressed the fact that Leapfrog’s data is not the most current information available, and may not reflect some of the recent improvements that some hospitals have made. They are also concerned that the various rankings that Leapfrog has published can be overwhelming and confusing to patients.
A Maryland Hospital Association spokesman said that the rankings should be interpreted in context with other information available, and not as a single deciding factor.
Leapfrog collects its data from a wide range of sources, including Medicare and the American Hospital Association. They also provide the survey to hospitals, which can be filled out on a voluntary basis. According to the director of operations at Leapfrog , the majority of the data comes from 2016 and 2017.
The following hospitals received an A or B grade:
- Howard County General Hospital – A
- Johns Hopkins Hospital – A
- Northwest Hospital – A
- Anne Arundel Medical Center – B
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center – B
- MedStar Union Memorial Hospital – B
- Mercy Medical Center – B
- University of Maryland Medical Center – B
- University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center – B
Hospitals with low ratings can improve their grade by making changes that address patient safety.
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