After five straight “A” ratings in The Leapfrog Group’s biannual hospital safety scores report card, Frankfort Regional Medical Center slipped into the “B” range last fall and maintained that score in the most recent results released earlier this week.
More than 2,600 general acute care hospitals across the country are measured in 28 areas of publicly-available safety data to produce letter grades ranging from the best (“A”) to the worst (“F”). For each of the 28 categories hospitals are given an above average, average or below average score.
According to the independent non-profit organization’s study the three most important safety measures are handwashing, infection in the blood and patient falls. FRMC scored the highest possible in handwashing and infection in the blood results.
That wasn’t the case for patient falls. The medical facility notched a below average with 0.649 falls for every 1,000 people discharged, just above the average hospital score of 0.435. The best possible score is zero and the worst hospital totaled 1.747.
When specifically asked about the results and measures the hospital plans to take to address the issues, FRMC spokesman Brad Wands issued the following statement, “Frankfort Regional Medical Center fully supports transparency in the reporting of quality and safety measures. We consistently monitor our performance should we ever need to implement new initiatives or make improvements in the care that we provide.”
FRMC performed below average in C. diff infection; urinary tract infection; collapsed lung; serious breathing problem; doctors order medication through a computer; communication about medicine and with doctors and nurses; specially-trained doctors care for ICU patients; and responsiveness of hospital staff.
The hospital earned above average in MRSA infection; infection in the blood; surgical site infection after colon surgery; dangerous object left in patient’s body; surgical wound splits open; dangerous blood clots; accidental cuts and tears; safe medication administration; communication about discharge; staff work together to prevent errors; dangerous bed sores; air or gas bubble in the blood; track and reduce risks to patients; effective leadership to prevent errors; and enough qualified nurses.
“Above all,” Wands continued, “we remain dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care for our patients.”
To view the results, visit http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.