New Report Finds Risk of Death Nearly Doubles for Patients Using Hospitals Graded As “D” or “F”. How did local hospitals fair on the latest report?
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing the nation’s largest and most influential employers and purchasers of health care, released the new spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. In conjunction, The Leapfrog Group contracted with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to update its estimate of deaths due to errors, accidents, injuries and infections at “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” hospitals. Researchers assessed more than 2,600 hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and found that when compared to “A” hospitals:
- Patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death
- Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death
- Patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk of avoidable death