How Safe is Your Hospital

On May 15, 2019 the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit, released its new spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

..... The Leapfrog Group contracted with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to update its estimate of deaths due to errors, accidents, injuries and infections at “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” hospitals. Researchers assessed more than 2,600 hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and found that when compared to “A” hospitals:

  • Patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death
  • Patients at “B” hospitals on average face a 35% greater risk of avoidable death .....

The report grades hospitals on four categories: errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. It is searchable by location (city/state, zip code, or state), or by the name of the hospital. In addition to the current safety grade for the hospital, the report also provides information on the hospital's grades for the past three years.

According to the report, currently approximately 160,000 lives are lost annually from avoidable medical errors that are covered in the Leapfrog Groups ratings. This is an improvement from 2016 when the estimate was 205,000 lives lost from avoidable medical errors.

The report goes on to state that "The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are an independent, nonprofit grading system that assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general, acute-care hospitals in the United States. Administered on behalf of employers and other purchasers, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the nation’s only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Methodology underlying the Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, which also prepared the white paper on estimated deaths associated with patient safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are assigned twice a year in the spring and fall."