The CalvertHealth Medical Center received a "C" in a national hospital safety ranking on Tuesday, although a hospital official says the data collected in the report is not relevant to the current state of the hospital.
Under the leadership of nonprofit Leapfrog, the bi-annual rankings, we assess how well local hospitals protect patients from unavoidable errors, injuries, and infections, hospitals on basic criteria such as hand washing, responsiveness of hospital staff, and availability of highly skilled nurses.
"Even A-list hospitals make mistakes and mistakes happen," said Erica Mobley, Leapfrog's director of operations, in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "The safety precautions [in hospitals] should actually be aware of every patient."
According to Leapfrog, about 440,000 people die each year from hospital errors. After heart disease and cancer, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US.
Leapfrog's report is about allowing patients to choose for planned hospital visits. In rural areas, however, this choice is very limited, considering that every district in southern Maryland has a hospital.
"In an emergency, people should come to the nearest hospital as soon as possible," Mobley said. But the report can help residents better plan their visits based on what they know about the hospital's security measures.
Even if patients can not choose hospitals, Mobley says they can do something to promote their safety. For example, they can bring a loved one or a family member to the hospital for someone to look after them, if they do not feel 1
"We also recommend that people ask who … goes to their room to wash their hands." (19659002) This is the second year that Maryland has been included in the Leapfrog report, and the state was ranked nationwide fifth worst since only three hospitals received an "A". However, it was an improvement from last year's ranking with only one hospital rated "A".
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is one of 10 state hospitals to receive the grade "B". As CalvertHealth, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata received a "C", the same as last year. A Maryland Hospital – Fort Washington Medical Center – received an "F".
Last year, CalvertHealth declined to report multiple measurements, including hand washing, doctors ordering medication through a computer, and hospital having enough training for their caregivers (19659002) Hospitals are not required to provide this type of information by law But Mobley said that publishing this information would show the hospital's commitment to transparency.
Susan Dohony, Vice President of Quality and Risk Management and Chief Quality Officer at CalvertHealth, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that patient safety is the hospital's top priority.
"Because it was voluntary and a very long data-driven process, we decided to go around it." in 2017, Dohony said. "We will do it in 2018."
Dohony said some of the data collected for this report is from 2013 to 2015 and some come from Medicare patients alone, who make up only a small portion of the hospital's patient population.
"We have made great progress" and the hospital does not believe that the data shown in the rankings are so relevant today, she said.
In patients falling for which the hospital is rated on average, for example, Dohony said that a case was reflected in CalvertHealth between 2013 and 2015.
According to Leapfrog, the patient falls data were collected between 2014 and 2015.
The ranking is "a tool in the toolbox," said Dohony. But people should "understand their limitations".
In St. Mary's, MedStar performed poorly on doctors ordering medication through a computer, on medications and patient cases. There is also not enough training for nurses, and the responsiveness of hospital staff is measured as below average, according to the ranking.
As a medication error is the most common type of error and it affects almost every single person who goes to the hospital Mobley said, entering medication through a computer is one of the most important measures that is heavily weighted in the scoring process.
This metric assesses whether a hospital has built intelligence into its computer system to alert hospital staff that a potential error might have occurred and, in 1965, how well this system works.
Hand washing is another metric that MedStar faced poorly, and Mobley said that this indicator is one of several process measurements that prompt a hospital's culture to implement and enforce policies. Guidelines
Contact this week, MedStar responded to any questions at the time of going to press. The hospital issued an opinion instead.
"We are delighted with the proven commitment to patient safety and quality throughout the team at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital and will continue to strive to deliver the highest quality of care for our patients and community." Holly says Meyer, spokeswoman for the hospital.
For the University of Maryland Charles Medical Center, Mobley said that what she noted was that the hospital under-rated in all five communication measurements.
Data Generated After Hospital communications with its patients come from patient surveys by the Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers.
Mobley said communications are one of the measurements that hospitals are not "extremely challenging or expensive to look at and improve
This week, contacting the Charles County medical center with a statement from their spokesperson, Crystal Hunt 9002] "As with all hospital performance reports, leapfrog notes must be viewed and interpreted in their context," the statement said. "Some of the data used to calculate the scores are outdated and do not exactly match the recent performance or the many ongoing initiatives to improve safety and quality."
"In addition, there are many variables that affect patient populations and the complexity of hospitals that can treat, influence the effects, and further complicate the use of the sorting tools," the statement continued. "We support the transparency of hospital services and encourage patients to access information and education from many sources, such as talking to friends and family, and consulting with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers when making decisions about where to seek help." Of the 2,500 hospitals that Leapfrog assessed across the country, 30 percent earned an "A", 28 percent a "B", 35 percent a "C", 6 percent a "D" and 1 percent an "F". 19659002] For more information on the safety levels of local hospitals, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org