790 hospitals earn "A" patient safety grade from Leapfrog

The Leapfrog Group has released the fall 2014 update to its Hospital Safety Score, assigning grades of A, B, C, D or F to hospitals based on 15 process measures and 13 outcome measures.

Of the 2,520 hospitals issued a safety score, 790 earned an A, 688 earned a B, 868 earned a C, 148 earned a D and 26 received an F.

Compared to the spring 2014 grades, hospitals showed statistically significant improvement on all 15 process measures, including hand hygiene, physician staffing in ICUs and medication reconciliation.

However, only one of the 13 outcome measures showed significant improvement: preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections in ICUs. In fact, there was a statistically significant increase in surgical site infections among patients who have undergone major colon surgery.

See a full explanation of the safety score grades here.

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