HPCI News: HPCI News: New Greater Iowa Hospital Safety Scores
To: Members and others
This spring more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals received updated Hospital Safety Scores based upon their rate of infections, injuries and errors. The "A", "B", "C", "D" or "F" grades were assigned by The Leapfrog Group which represents employer purchasers of health care. Scores were assigned to over 50 hospitals in the greater Iowa market area. Some of the results are shown below.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available data to produce a single score that represents a hospital's overall performance in patient safety. It is the only tool available today that focuses exclusively on errors, injuries and infections.
For more information about Hospital Safety Scores or to find out the score of your local hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. A Hospital Safety Score app is also available for download.
Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265