HealthGrades has released its annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals study, which found that patients have a 46% lower risk of experiencing a patient safety incident at a top-rated hospital compared to a poorly-rated hospital.
HealthGrades analyzed Medicare data for patient safety indicators including incidents such as foreign objects left in a body following a procedure, excessive bruising or bleeding as a result of surgery, bloodstream infections from catheters, and bed sores.
Key findings from the study:
- Although many hospitals have made vast improvement in lowering the rate of hospital acquired infections, progress is inconsistent.
- Patients treated at top-ranking hospitals for patient safety had a 30% lower risk of experiencing a central-line bloodstream infection and a nearly 39% lower risk of post-surgical sepsis.
- The 13 patient safety events studied were associated with $7.3 billion of potentially preventable cost.
The top hospitals for Patient Safety include Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and North Shore Hospital. Click here for a full list of Patient Safety award recipients.