The Leapfrog Group announced the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update, assigning letter grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, assessing medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The analysis finds that despite considerable improvement in the safety of hospital care since the Score’s launch in 2012, avoidable deaths remain high. Findings point to a 9% higher risk of avoidable death in B hospitals, 35% higher in C hospitals, and 50% higher in D and F hospitals, than in A hospitals. More than 33,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at the level of A graded hospitals.
The update can be accessed at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/media/file/LivesLostLivesSavedWhitePaper.pdf.