The Leapfrog Group used publicly available data to calculate a safety score based on an academic grading scale for more than 2,600 hospitals.
About a quarter, or 729, of the 2,652 hospitals that were issued a Hospital Safety Score received an “A,” while slightly less than half of the hospitals (1,243) earned a “C” score or below, according to a news release.
The Leapfrog Group said it gathered publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections to calculate what will be an annual Hospital Safety Score and plans to reissue the scores using updated data in November. The scores are posted online.
“The Leapfrog Group board has been frustrated with the lack of progress in improving patient safety, despite significant industry efforts over the past decade,” said David Knowlton, chairman of the Leapfrog Group's patient safety committee, in the news release. “It is time for a game changer.”