The Leapfrog Group has released its newest hospital safety grades. The non-profit organization was founded in 2000 after a report by the Institute of Medicine showed medical errors caused about 98,000 fatalities every year. Leapfrog has a system of letter grading acute-care hospitals across the country. The grade comprises 27 factors and reflects how well a hospital prevents medical errors and protects its patients from preventable harm, such as infections and falls.
The fall 2017 list included 68 hospitals from New Jersey. The Garden State moved up in the rankings from 15th in April, to 11th on the current list. Thirty New Jersey hospitals received the highest grade of A from Leapfrog. Of those 30, there are three that have earned straight As for five years running: Jersey City Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and Englewood Hospital.
Out of the facilities that received poor grades, Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth was one of two New Jersey hospitals that received a D rating. The grade represents a downward slide for the hospital, which had a C rating in October of 2016. In categories such as infection in blood during an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stay, surgical site infection after colon surgery, and urinary tract infection after an ICU stay, Trinitas scored below average. Moreover, the medical center was recently the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit after a mother suffered a brain hemorrhage just hours after giving birth to twins. The widower alleges that the brain hemorrhage was preventable.
Report Cards Raise Safety Efforts
RWJ Barnabas System is the largest hospital chain in New Jersey and owns Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Jersey City Medical Center, two of the three highest performing hospitals. Six of the chain’s hospitals received an A rating from Leapfrog in the fall report. The chief medical and quality officer for the non-profit hospital chain stated that the Leapfrog report card pushes them to make safety a priority across all levels of operation in their facilities. Everyone must participate to make safety programs successful because the grades are there for everyone to access. Hospitals can see where they rank and what they must do to improve.
Spending more time with each patient and their families is a particularly effective strategy for the Barnabas system. In taking extra time to explain a patient’s medical condition and listening to their concerns, other issues may come up that bear investigation. Being proactive and anticipating problems are keys to preventing accidents and infections from happening.
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