MedStar St. Mary's Hospital received a B-mark in a national hospital safety ranking on Tuesday, which represents an improvement over last year's C grade
The rankings conducted by the non-profit agency Leapfrog measure how good hospitals protect patients from preventable diseases, mistakes, injuries and infections, evaluation of hospitals on basics like hand washing, responsiveness of hospital staff and the availability of well-trained nurses.
"Even A-list hospitals make mistakes and mistakes happen," said Erica Mobley, Leapfrog's director of operations, in a telephone interview Wednesday. "The safety precautions [in hospitals] should really be aware of all patients."
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 United States. Leapfrog's report is about giving patients options for planned hospital visits. In rural areas, however, this choice can be very limited ̵
"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 protect their health and safety. For example, they can bring a loved one or a family member to the hospital for someone to take care of them if they do not feel 100 percent self-reliant, she said. You can also bring along a list of the medications you prescribe to avoid doctors accidentally prescribing medications that can cause problems.
"We Also Recommend People Ask Who's Going to Their Room to Wash Their Hands" (19659003) This year is the second year Maryland has been included in the Leapfrog report, and the state was ranked nationwide fifth worst, with only three hospitals receiving A. It. however, an improvement from last year's ranking when only one hospital received an A grade.
MedStar St. Mary's is one of 10 hospitals in the state to receive the degree of B. Both CalvertHealth at Prince Frederick and University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center at La Plata received a C, the same as last year. A hospital in Maryland – the Fort Washington Medical Center – received a F.
In St. Mary's, MedStar performed poorly on doctors ordering medication through a computer about medicines and patient falls. There is also not enough training for nurses, and the responsiveness of hospital staff is measured as below average, according to the ranking.
As medication errors is the most common type of error, and it affects almost every single person who comes to the hospital, Mobley said, entering drugs 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 how well this system works.
This week, MedStar did not answer any questions at the time of going to press. The hospital issued an explanation instead.
"We look forward to 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 care we can to our patients and the community." Holly says Meyer, spokeswoman for the hospital.
Hand washing is another metric in which MedStar St. Mary's sectioned off poorly, and Mobley said this indicator is one of several process measurements that talk about the culture of a hospital over politics
Last year refused CalflowEalth declines to report multiple measurements, including hand washing, doctors ordering medication through a computer and when the hospital has enough training for its nursing staff when it is asked to provide the information to the public.
Hospitals are not required to provide these types of information by law, but Mobley said it would make public, the hospital would show 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 was the hospital's top priority.
"Because it was voluntary and a very lengthy data-driven process, we chose to bypass it," Dohony said. "We will do it in 2018."
Dohony said that some of the data collected for this report is from 2013 to 2015 and some are from Medicare patients, who make up only a small part of the hospital's patient population.
"We have made great progress" and the hospital does not believe that the data shown in the ranking is so relevant today, she said.
Dohony said it mirrors a fall in CalvertHealth in 2013 and 2015 in falls that rate the hospital on average.
According to Leapfrog, the patient falls data were collected between 2014 and 2015.
The ranking is "a tool in the toolbox," Dohony said. But people should "understand their limitations".
For Morbley, the University of Maryland's regional medical center, Mobley said the hospital under-rated in all five communication measurements.
Data Generated to Evaluate the Hospital Patient communications come from patient surveys conducted by the Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers.
Mobley said communication is one of the measurements that hospitals are not "extremely challenging or expensive" to look at and improve. 19659003] contacted the medical center in Charles County this week with a statement from its spokesperson Crystal Hunt.
"As with all hospital services," leapfrog grades must be viewed and interpreted in an appropriate context. The statement said. "Some of the data used to calculate grades is outdated and does not exactly reflect recent performance or the many ongoing initiatives to improve safety and quality."
"In addition, there are many variables that affect the patient population and the patient population Influencing Hospitals Influences Complexity That Can Affect Results And Further Complicate The Application Of Grading Tools, "It said." We support the transparency of hospital services and encourage patients to access information and education from many sources, including talking to friends and family and family counseling with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers when making decisions about where to seek help. "19659003] Of the 2,500 hospitals that Leapfrog evaluated across the country, 30 percent earned an A, 28 percent a B, 35 Percent a C, 6 percent a D and 1 percent a F.