Tuesday, April 29, 2014

See how Charlotte hospitals rated in safety survey

Charlotte's two major hospitals did not make the "A" list Tuesday when the nonprofit Leapfrog Group issued its annual safety scores.

The scores are developed from a survey based on 28 safety measures such as hand hygiene, antibiotic selection and catheter removal.

Carolinas Medical Center got a B, and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center got a C.

Charlotte-area hospitals that received "A" grades were: Carolinas Medical Center-University and CMC-Mercy in Charlotte, CMC-Pineville, CMC-Union in Monroe, Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, Kings Mountain Hospital, Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle. Both Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, and Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster also got A grades.

Other "B" grades went to: CMC-NorthEast in Concord, CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury.

Other "C" grades went to: CMC-Lincoln in Lincolnton, and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville.

The Leapfrog group's survey is intended to address the more than 180,000 deaths and accidents from hospital errors and injuries that occur each year. Scores are based on federal data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as an annual survey by the American Hospital Association.

Nationwide, 32 percent of hospitals got A grades, 26 percent got B’s and 35 percent got C’s. Six percent got Ds and less than 1 percent got an F.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This group also does not address the severity of the patients received at these hospitals. CMC takes care of the sickest patients in the region so catheter removal may not be appropriate in this population. Also does it account for the many kidney and bladder surgeries that may require a catheter for up to 4 weeks? How does this group determine what antibiotic selection is appropriate for the patients? A sensitivity for antibiotics is completed on every blood, sputum, lung, urinary tract, and wound culture done at CMC so the correct antibiotic can be given dependent on what bacteria is involved. I can also say that hand hygiene is a top priority in the prevention of infections. Overall I would say this survey is pretty useless unless it can account for all the many variables present with these factors.

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