Dave Stancliff How safe is your hospital? New website lets you check blogarama.com

Monday, October 17, 2011

How safe is your hospital? New website lets you check

Medicare has begun publishing patient safety ratings for thousands of hospitals as the first step toward paying less to institutions with high rates of surgical complications, infections, mishaps and potentially avoidable deaths.

The new data, available on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website, evaluate hospitals on how often their patients suffer complications such as a collapsed lung, a blood clot after surgery or an accidental cut or tear during treatment. The measures also include specific death rates for patients who had breathing problems after surgery, had an operation to repair a weakness in the abdominal aorta or had a treatable complication after an operation.

Photo left: Madd River Community Hospital – Photo right – St. Joseph’s Hospital (both in Humboldt County)

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