The Leapfrog Group releases latest Hospital Safety Grades of U.S. hospitals

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The Leapfrog Group releases latest Hospital Safety Grades of U.S. hospitals

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | April 29, 2021 Business Affairs
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, today released the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign an "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" letter grade to more than 2,700 general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only rating solely focused on a hospital's ability to protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections.

Notably, 27 hospitals across the U.S. have achieved 19 consecutive "A" grades, which represents an "A" in every biannual grading cycle since the launch of the Safety Grade in spring 2012.

"We find that straight 'A' hospitals have strong structures of safety in place," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "These hospitals are continuously learning, monitoring data, and addressing areas of improvement."

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Straight "A" hospitals have shared how they were better prepared for COVID-19 thanks to their sustained leadership focus on patient safety as a top institutional priority.

"Hospitals with a consistent pattern of protecting patients from errors, accidents, and injuries, like these straight 'A' hospitals, seem to have been more prepared when the pandemic hit," Binder said. "For many, safety and quality are embedded in their daily work at all levels of the organization, which prepared them in turn to respond to the rapidly evolving pandemic. As a part of this culture, straight 'A' hospitals have consistently shown a commitment to their workforce, empowering them to ask questions and share safety concerns."

Testimonial statements and videos from straight "A" hospitals can be found on the Hospital Safety Grade website.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 national performance measures to grade hospitals using a methodology developed with guidance from the foremost experts in patient safety. This most recent data was collected immediately prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Binder added that performance measures used in this spring's Grade serve as a proxy for the safety of care provided to COVID-19 patients in many ways. For example, a hospital with infection control procedures in place is better equipped to protect patients and health care workers. Additionally, staffing intensive care units with intensivists and monitoring hand hygiene compliance have been shown to significantly reduce harm to patients, regardless of their condition.

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