According to a study by John Hopkins, medical errors and mistakes result in 250,000 deaths in the United States every year, making it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. The nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group has assigned many hospitals a letter grade to indicate their safety and help patients make informed decisions about their health.
To check a hospitals safety letter grade, patients simply need to visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and search for the hospital in questions.
Patients can search using the following criteria:
Once a search inquiry is completed, patients can review hospitals’ overall letter grades, as well as breakdowns pertaining to infections, safety problems, practices to prevent errors, and surgical problems.
Here’s the steps to take if you find your hospital has received a bad letter grade:
Even if your hospital has a good letter grade accidents can always happen so always be cautious.
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