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Majority of avoidable patient deaths in the US occur in hospitals with 'C' grade or below according to Leapfrog report

Patients treated at US hospitals that earned 'D' or 'F' grades when it comes to patient safety face a 92% higher risk of death from avoidable medical errors than at hospitals with an 'A' grade, according to a new report from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare watchdog. In Leapfrog's Annual Hospital Safety Grades, about 32% of the 2,600 hospitals evaluated received an 'A' grade for safety, 26% earned a 'B' grade and 36% earned a 'C' grade. The hospital safety group awarded a 'D' or an 'F' grade to about 7% of the hospitals it examined. Patients at hospitals with a "C" grade when it came to safety were 88% more likely to die from an avoidable error compared with patients treated at hospitals that received an 'A'.

"It was pretty shocking to us and should be pretty sobering to hospitals that are not getting an 'A.' It's really time to take this seriously. You know you can do better," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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Source: FierceHealthcare, 15 May 2019


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