May 14—U.S. hospitals have made only incremental progress in addressing errors, accidents, injuries, and hospital-acquired infections, according to not-for-profit Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2013 update to its Hospital Safety Score.

Of the 2,514 hospitals that were assigned safety scores, 1.9 percent of hospitals showed dramatic change in their Hospital Safety Score, moving two or more grade levels up or down, while 73.9 percent of hospitals maintained the same score from November 2012. Hospitals are assigned grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single grade representing a hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. Of the general hospitals scored, 780 earned an “A,” 638 earned a “B,” 932 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D,” and 16 earned an “F.” No single class of hospitals dominated the group earning an “A” score; that group included academic and highly recognized hospitals as well as those in rural and low-income areas. The results provide individual hospital and state rankings.

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013