Louisiana hospital safety ranking improves more than double-fold in six months

Louisiana ranked 12th among 49 states, according to a bi-annual ranking, a significant improvement from its spring ranking of 28th.

In Louisiana, 39.2 percent of hospitals received “A” grades, HospitalSafetyGrade.org reports based on Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which is a nonprofit assessment system that assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to acute-care facilities nationwide. Leapfrog Hospital Safety evaluated more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide for safety issues like preventable errors and infections.

The analysis is based on the number of hospitals in a state receiving “A” grades compared to the total number of fall 2018 grades assigned by Leapfrog. The grades are based on hospital errors, accidents, preventable injuries and infections.

The survey found that neither Democrat- nor Republican-dominated states received markedly better grades. In blue states, 33 percent of hospitals received “A” grades; in red states, 32 percentage.

Overall, 32 percent of hospitals nationwide received A grades; 24 percent received B’s; 37 percent received C’s; six percent received D’s, and one percent received F’s.

Hospital safety rankings among states

Rank State Spring 2018 Ranking % of ‘A’ Grade Hospitals in Spring 2018 % of ‘A’ Grade Hospitals in Fall 2018
1 New Jersey 17 33.9% 56.7%
2 Oregon 11 41.4% 54.6%
3 Virginia 5 51.7% 51.5%
4 Massachusetts 4 53.6% 44.1%
5 Texas 14 35.7% 43.1%
6 North Carolina 9 41.9% 43.0%
7 Rhode Island 3 62.5% 42.9%
8 Ohio 8 42.5% 42.7%
9 Colorado 6 47.2% 41.5%
10 Maine 7 42.9% 40.0%
11 Michigan 24 30.3% 39.5%
12 Louisiana 28 27.1% 39.2%
13 Illinois 15 34.6% 39.1%
14 Pennsylvania 22 31.4% 37.9%
15 Utah 12 40.9% 36.0%
16 Nevada 40 16.7% 35.0%
17 Georgia 35 21.1% 34.7%
18 Mississippi 26 29.0% 34.3%
19 Florida 23 30.6% 33.9%
20 Hawaii 1 72.7% 33.3%
20 Montana 30 25.0% 33.3%
22 Wisconsin 10 41.5% 32.7%
23 California 25 29.1% 32.4%
24 Kansas 27 27.6% 32.3%
25 New Hampshire 33 23.1% 30.8%
26 South Carolina 16 34.2% 30.4%
27 Idaho 2 70.0% 30.0%
28 Wyoming 36 20.0% 29.6%
29 Oklahoma 38 19.4% 25.6%
30 Alaska 49 0.0% 25.0%
30 Minnesota 18 33.3% 25.0%
32 Washington 32 24.4% 24.4%
33 Kentucky 34 21.7% 23.5%
34 Missouri 13 35.9% 23.3%
35 Tennessee 20 32.8% 23.1%
36 Indiana 21 31.5% 22.6%
36 Arizona 29 26.2% 21.7%
38 Maryland 47 7.3% 20.0%
39 Alabama 42 15.2% 18.9%
40 Vermont 36 20.0% 16.7%
40 West Virginia 45 9.1% 16.7%
42 New Mexico 18 33.3% 14.3%
43 South Dakota 30 25.0% 10.0%
43 Arkansas 44 12.0% 10.0%
45 Iowa 39 19.4% 9.1%
46 New York 48 5.8% 8.3%
47 Connecticut 46 8.3% 8.0%
48 Nebraska 43 12.5% 6.7%
49 Washington, D.C. 40 16.7% 0.0%
49 Delaware 49 0.0% 0.0%
49 North Dakota 49 0.0% 0.0%

Source: Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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