A nationwide hospital safety analysis has revealed that three hospitals in New Hampshire received an "A" grade to prevent medical errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, which together make up the third leading cause of death in America. The granite state received five hospitals rated "C".
The Leapfrog group released its bi-annual hospital safety notes on Tuesday, noting that overall, the number of preventable deaths has improved. The group rated about 2500 hospitals nationwide – 30 percent earned an "A", 28 percent a "B", 35 percent a "C", 6 percent a "D" and 1
The grading system awards grades to general acute care hospitals. The hope is to determine a patient's risk of further injury or infection when visiting a particular hospital.
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- Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester: A
- Regional Hospital Lakes Region, Lakonia: A
- Parkland Medical Center, Derry: A
- Cheshire Medical Center, Keene: B
- Concord Hospital: B
- Elliot Hospital, Manchester: B
- Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Dover: B
- Catholic Medical Center, Manchester: C
- Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, Lebanon: C
- Exeter Hospital: C
- Portsmouth Regional Hospital: C
- Southern NH Hospital, Nashua: C
- St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua: C
Among the nationwide findings, five hospitals that received "A" grade marks this year were previously given the grade "F", and 46 hospitals earned an "A" for the first time since Rating system began six years ago.
Leapfrog said his analysis showed that 89 hospitals that had previously received "D" or "F" had improved to an "A" this year.
Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Idaho have all ranked at the lower end of the state rankings with low percentages of "A" hospitals, but now they all rank among the top 10.
Here are some of the other results:  The five states with the highest percentage of "A" hospitals this spring are Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia
Leapfrog says you don't refuse emergency care because of a poor level of security. They should serve as a guide for planned events and as a tool for researching potential emergencies.
Patch reporters Dan Hampton and Feroze Dhanoa contributed to the report.
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