Patients’ risk of dying from medical mistakes, deadly infections and safety lapses have gotten much worse at the lowest ranked U.S. hospitals, underscoring Americans’ need to check ratings of their local hospitals, new research released Wednesday shows.
The new analysis is based on data gleaned from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016. What the findings reveal is that some of the nation’s most dangerous medical centers have become even riskier for patients.
“These are the avoidable deaths – the deaths that are accidental or the result of a mistake made in the hospital,” said Leah Binder, the CEO of the non-profit Leapfrog Group, which issues grades hospitals based on safety and quality. “It doesn’t matter how sick you are – the surgeon and operating room team shouldn’t be leaving sponges or surgical tools in you.”
Leapfrog assigns letter grades – from A to F – to hospitals and is a tougher grader than the federal government, which doesn’t issue failing marks. The latest Leapfrog rankings, released Wednesday, give failing or near-failing classifications to 168 hospitals.
Among the hospitals with D or Failing grades are:
- Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
- Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich.
- Beverly Hospital in Montebello, CA.
- Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY
- Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY
- Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY
- New York Community Hospital in Brooklyn, NY
- NYC Health and Hospitals – Elmhurst, Jacobi, and Bellevue in NY
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, NY
- Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, NY
- Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY
- Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA
- Mercy Health System Nazareth in Philadelphia, PA
- Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville, TX
- Laredo Medical Center in Lardeo, TX
- Centra Lynchburg General Hospital in Lynchburg, VA
- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV
- CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, WV
- Ascension St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, WI
- Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, WI
- Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, MS
- Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa
- Merit Health Central in Jackson, MS
- Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO
Compared to an A hospital, your chance of dying at a D or F hospital increases 91.8%
To view the full list, visit: www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/
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