Scripps Green and Scripps Memorial Hospitals received A's in national safety grades announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that tracks and promotes progress in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog assessment includes 27 measures, including patient satisfaction scores, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs — and rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
Of the 27 different factors, 15 examine how facility patients fare across a range of “outcome” measures including falls, retention of foreign objects after surgery, hospital-acquired infections, pressure ulcers, and death following the treatment of serious, but survivable illnesses.
The use of computerized physician order entry systems, bar code readers to help prevent medication mix-ups and adequate staffing levels in intensive care units are all “process of care” factors considered in the grading system, with intentions to measure whether facilities follow industry best practices.
Scripps Memorial Hospital of Encinitas and Scripps Mercy Hospital of San Diego improved from a C Grades to a B Grades, while Scripps Mercy Hospital of Chula Vista received a C grade.
Nationwide, 32% of hospitals received an A grade, while 26% of the hospitals were awarded a B grade, 35% a C grade, 7% earned a D and less than 1% earned an F.
There is some dispute among hospitals about the methodologies used to produce prominent rankings, which also include reports from U.S. News & World Report and CMS. Part of the problem is that outcomes vary widely, which can be confusing to consumers.
View The Leapfrog Group’s full hospital safety report here.