Rowan Regional gets an A on preventing medical errors

  • Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, June 11, 2012 7:52 a.m.

SALISBURY — Rowan Regional Medical Center scored an A from a nonprofit group that gives hospitals letter grades based on their ability to avoid infections, medication mix-ups and other preventable medical errors.
The Hospital Safety Score, designed to arm patients with an objective tool to assess performance, was developed by a panel of experts from Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities convened by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit hospital safety advocacy organization formed more than a decade ago by large employers.
The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
It examined data on falls and trauma, pressure ulcers, central-line blood infections, as well as preventable complications from surgery such as foreign objects left in the a body, postoperative hazards and accidental punctures or lacerations.
Of 2,652 hospitals graded nationwide, 28 percent received an A, including 14 N.C. hospitals.
A total of 679 hospitals scored a B, and 1,111 hospitals received a C. Another 132 hospitals were scored “grade pending,” which indicates a grade lower than a C.
“The safety of our patients is as important as the care we deliver,” said Dari Caldwell, president of Rowan Regional. “This perfect score is a reflection of the rigorous commitment our physicians and staff have to quality care and patient safety.”
Scores for other area hospitals include B for Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, C for Lexington Memorial Hospital, B for Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, B for Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, B for Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro and C for Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org to see Leapfrog ratings.
Some of the nation’s best-known hospitals received poor grades on patient safety. New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals that scored a C have criticized Leapfrog’s methodology, saying it used outdated data and didn’t accurately reflect their patient-safety profiles.
St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, whose Barnes-Jewish Hospital got a C, encourages patients to visit www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov to see the Department of Health and Human Services’ Hospital Compare data.

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