Which state has the safest hospitals in the United States?

The hospitals in Maine would be apt to take care of all the mangled victims of Stephen King stories that take place in that state. According to the Hospital Safety Score issued by the LeapFrog Group, the Pine Tree State has highest percentage of ‘A’ hospitals for the fourth consecutive time. Additionally, Florida had the most ‘A’ hospitals. On the other side of the spectrum, all Alaska, D.C., North Dakota, New Mexico, Vermont, and Wyoming scored 0%. The seven-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel used 28 evidence-based measures of patient safety – including errors, injuries, accidents, and infections – for more than 2,500 eligible hospitals in the U.S., and then graded them from A to F – A being the highest grade and F being the lowest.

Rank/State

Graded hospitals

A hospitals

Percentage

1.       Maine

16

11

68.8

2.       Massachusetts

58

35

60.3

3.       Florida

163

92

56.4

4.       Virginia

64

34

53.1

5.       New Jersey

67

32

47.8

6.       Illinois

117

51

43.6

7.       Tennessee

67

27

40.3

8.       North Carolina

79

30

38

9.       Colorado

40

15

37.5

10.   Georgia

69

24

34.8

11.   California

254

88

34.6

12.   South Dakota

6

2

33.3

13.   Texas

203

67

33

14.   Utah

22

7

31.8

15.   Ohio

107

30

28

16.   Idaho

11

3

27.3

17.   Arizona

45

12

26.7

18.   Wisconsin

46

12

26.1

19.   Kentucky

49

12

24.5

20.   Louisiana

46

11

23.9

21.   Michigan

80

19

23.8

22.   Pennsylvania

131

31

23.7

23.   New Hampshire

13

3

23.1

24.   Kansas

31

7

22.6

25.   Hawaii

9

2

22.2

26.   South Carolina

45

10

22.2

27.   Iowa

29

6

20.7

28.   Delaware

5

1

20

29.   Oregon

30

6

20

30.   Oklahoma

36

7

19.4

31.   Nebraska

16

3

18.8

32.   Minnesota

38

7

18.4

33.   Washington

44

8

18.2

34.   New York

140

25

17.9

35.   Alabama

42

7

16.7

36.   Connecticut

25

4

16

37.   Indiana

59

9

15.3

38.   Mississippi

33

5

15.2

39.   Nevada

20

3

15

40.   Missouri

62

8

12.9

41.   Arkansas

26

3

11.5

42.   Montana

9

1

11.1

43.   Rhode Island

9

1

11.1

44.   West Virginia

24

2

8.3

45.   Alaska

5

0

0

46.   District of Columbia

7

0

0

47.   North Dakota

6

0

0

48.   New Mexico

16

0

0

49.   Vermont

6

0

0

50.   Wyoming

5

0

0

51.   Maryland*

-

-

-

*Maryland is not ranked because hospitals are not required to publicly report their hospital safety data

“Taking a deeper look at the 133 ‘Straight A’ hospitals reveals a diverse group, similar only in their consistent commitment to patient safety. Hospitals from across the country, with 100 beds to over 750 beds, non-profit and for-profit alike received this top honor,” president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group Leah Binder said in a statement. “No matter how large or small, no matter what kind of community they serve, all hospitals have the potential to give their patients this high level of safe care.” The ‘Straight A’ designation is bestowed upon hospitals that have consistently received an A grade since the Hospital Safety Score was launched in 2012 – for instance Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago Medical Center, and Baystate Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts. “Although no hospital is perfect, our family members, neighbors and colleagues deserve the safest care possible. We urge consumers to put safety first when planning a hospital stay, and we urge hospitals to double down on their commitment to safety, ” Binder added.

If you would like to know how likely the staff at your local hospital is to leave hospital equipment supplies – for example a sponge –inside of you, then check the Leapfrog Hospital Survey Results Website. The score can help you answer a variety of questions:

·         Do you know what hospital you would go to for an emergency?    

·         Has your doctor referred you or a family member to a hospital for surgery?    

·         Are you preparing to have a baby?    

·         Is someone in your family suffering from chronic illness that could require immediate or consistent hospital care?    

·         Is your choice of hospital solely based on location?    

·         Are you sure the hospital you’re going to is safe?

In addition to Maryland, some specialty hospitals, (children’s hospitals and surgical centers), critical access hospitals, and Guam and Puerto Rico hospitals are not required to report safety records. Moreover, many hospitals are too small, or lack the necessary data, such as military and veteran’s hospitals, and are thus not able to provide data to the federal government. Should you find that a hospital is reported as “Declined to Respond,” you are encouraged to ask doctors and hospital administrators what the hospital is doing to share its quality and safety data with the public.

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