Texas ranks 9th in hospital safety analysis

Texas finished ninth in a ranking for hospital safety issues such as preventable errors and infections, according to spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades given to more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

The share of hospitals in Texas receiving “A” grades was 41.43 percent. That compares to 43.06 percent in the fall of 2018, the last time such grades were released. Texas ranked fifth in the earlier study.

The analysis concluded that compared to “A” hospitals, patients admitted to hospitals graded “D” or “F” face nearly double the risk of avoidable death. For patients at “C” hospitals, the risk is about 88 percent, and for those admitted to “B” hospitals, the risk of avoidable death is elevated by 35 percent, according to Leapfrog.

The grades, which are issued in the spring and fall of each year, are based on hospital errors, accidents, preventable injuries and infections.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades is a nonprofit assessment system that assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to acute-care facilities.

In all, 32 percent of hospitals in the country achieved “A’s”; “B’s,” 26 percent; “C’s,” 36 percent; “D’s,” 6 percent; and “F’s,” just below 1 percent.

Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Rankings by State

Rank State % ‘A’ Hospitals Fall 2018 Ranking % ‘A’ Hospitals Fall 2018
1 Oregon 58.06% 2 54.55%
2 Virginia 53.03% 3 51.52%
3 Maine 50.00% 10 40.00%
4 Massachusetts 48.28% 4 44.07%
5 Utah 48.00% 15 36.00%
6 New Jersey 45.59% 1 56.72%
7 Rhode Island 42.86% 7 42.86%
8 Ohio 42.20% 8 42.73%
9 Texas 41.43% 5 43.06%
10 Colorado 41.03% 9 41.46%
11 Louisiana 40.74% 12 39.22%
12 South Carolina 40.00% 26 30.43%
12 Idaho 40.00% 27 30.00%
14 Illinois 38.18% 13 39.09%
15 Georgia 35.53% 17 34.67%
16 Wisconsin 35.19% 22 32.73%
17 Florida 35.09% 19 33.91%
18 Pennsylvania 34.38% 14 37.88%
19 North Carolina 34.18% 6 43.04%
20 California 33.98% 23 32.42%
21 Hawaii 33.33% 20 33.33%
22 Michigan 32.10% 11 39.51%
23 Tennessee 31.25% 35 23.08%
24 Nevada 30.00% 16 35.00%
25 Washington 29.55% 32 24.44%
26 Oklahoma 28.95% 29 25.64%
27 Kansas 26.67% 24 32.26%
28 Missouri 25.86% 34 23.33%
29 Mississippi 25.71% 18 34.29%
30 Montana 25.00% 20 33.33%
30 Maryland 25.00% 38 20.00%
32 New Hampshire 23.08% 25 30.77%
33 Kentucky 21.15% 33 23.53%
34 Arizona 20.00% 37 21.74%
35 New Mexico 20.00% 42 14.29%
36 Indiana 18.33% 36 22.58%
37 Minnesota 17.14% 30 25.00%
38 Vermont 16.67% 40 16.67%
39 Alabama 16.28% 39 18.87%
40 Connecticut 16.00% 47 8.00%
41 South Dakota 10.00% 43 10.00%
42 Iowa 9.09% 45 9.09%
43 New York 7.53% 46 8.28%
44 Nebraska 7.14% 48 6.67%
45 Arkansas 6.90% 43 10.00%
46 West Virginia 4.35% 40 16.67%
47 Wyoming 0.00% 28 29.57%
47 Alaska 0.00% 30 25
47 Washington, D.C. 0.00% 49 0.00%
47 Delaware 0.00% 49 0.00%
47 North Dakota 0.00% 49 0.00%

Source: Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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