The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – Fall 2017
The Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit, hospital-watchdog organization, has recognized Florida Hospital as one of America’s highest-rated hospitals for patient safety. This elite distinction was given for excellence in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Out of 174 hospitals in Florida scored, only 30.46% (53) received an “A” grade — 16 of which are members of Florida Hospital’s elite Care Network.
High safety marks were given in several key areas including:
- Hand hygiene
- Staff responsiveness
- Nurse and doctor communication
- Communication about medicines
- Discharge information
- Identification and reduction of risks and hazards
- ICU (intensive care unit) physician staffing
- Prevention of air embolisms, falls and trauma, MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection) and CLABSI (central line-associated bloodstream infection)
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from the following organizations:
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- The Leapfrog Hospital Survey
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
Taken together, these performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.
To see the full list of Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.