Hospital Safety Score, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, ranks hospitals across the country, based on 26 criteria from an annual survey. It's managed by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded more than a decade ago by employers and private healthcare experts. Each hospital is given a score of A, B, C, D or F, reflecting how safe they are considered for patients, according to the website.
“Some people do more research on what car to buy than what hospital to go to for medical care,” according to The Leapfrog Group. “The Hospital Safety Score provides data and research to help you make informed decisions about a critical aspect of your hospital stay – safety. A hospital may have the best surgeons and greatest technology in the world, but unless it is preventing infections, and eliminating medical and medication errors and injuries, it is not delivering on a very basic premise: ensuring the safety of you and your loved ones.”
The group hopes to “reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm,” ranging from infections and acquired injuries (such as bedsores) to medication mix-ups and other errors, some potentially fatal.
The scores are compiled from data used by national measurement and reporting programs and obtained from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Some data from the American Hospital Association's Annual Survey may be used as well.
To see how Tucson-area hospitals rank, click here.