SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI – South County Hospital achieved the highest hospital safety marks, according to the new 2019 ratings issued by the Leapfrog Group on Thursday. The non-profit group found that 33 per cent of more than 2,600 hospitals graded in the country earned grade A, an increase of 1 per cent from the last round of safety grades, which was released in Spring 2019.
Newport Hospital, South County Hospital and Miriam Hospital received “A” ratings in this fall.
The Leapfrog Group explains that its rating system is entirely focused on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The hospital safety grade is released by the nonprofit group twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Southern County has been extremely successful in the categories of "doctors, nurses and hospitals," "problems with surgery" and "safety problems", ranking above average in the following categories: t
- Doctors specially trained to ICU patients
- Communication with doctors
- Communication with nurses
- Responsiveness of hospital staff
- Track and reduce risks for patients
- Air or gas bubbles in the blood
- Dangerous bed sores
- Fall and injury of patients
- Communication about medicines
- Communication about release
- Doctors are prescribing medicines through computers
- Dangerous things left in the patient's body
- Surgical wounds were shared open
- Death from serious conditions, which can be dealt with
- Serious breathing problem
- Dangerous blood clot
- C.diff infection
- Infection in the blood
The hospital performed below average in a number of categories, including MRSA infections, many qualified nurses and hand laundering. Read the full hospital report card here.
The highest percentage of A-grade hospitals was at Maine, Utah, Virginia, Oregon and North Carolina. Three states – Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota – did not have a single hospital – grade A.
Here are the grades given by the Leapfrog Group to the rest of Rhode Island hospitals: t
- Newport Hospital: A
- South County Hospital: A
- Miriam Hospital: A
- Medical Center Landmark: B
- Rhode Island Hospital: C
- Kent County Memorial Hospital: C
- Western Hospital: C
The release of the Fall 2019 safety grades is in line with the 20th anniversary of a published report which showed that almost 100,000 lives are lost every year due to preventive medical errors.
"In stark contrast to 20 years ago, we can now say where the problems are, and allow us to rate hospitals," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, in a press release. "In addition, it allows us to track progress in a better way. Over time, there are fewer deaths from the preventive errors we monitor in our grading process."
Leapfrog assigns grades A, B, C, D and F to acute general hospitals in the United States. Leapfrog explains that the safety grade includes performance measures taken from federal government data and the group's own hospital survey to produce a “single letter grade representing the hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors”. . " The group relies on an expert panel to select the measures used in the methodology and to develop a scoring system. (You can read more about the letter grades here.)