Which Florida Hospitals Are the Safest?
The Leapfrog Group, a business-backed information group focused on patient safety, released a new analysis for Florida hospitals. Their report rated almost half of them an A on error prevention.
Brandon Regional Medical Center is Leapfrog’s most-improved hospital, jumping from a D to an A in just six months. The suburban Tampa facility is part of the HCA Healthcare chain.
Several other HCA hospitals jumped two letter grades, and all were in Tampa Bay: South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
How Do Hospitals Prevent Mistakes?
HCA’s chief medical officer credited several new health initiatives for the hospitals’ success:
- Faster care for sepsis, a bacterial blood infection that can lead to death or multiple amputations.
- Fewer unnecessary blood transfusions.
- Reducing the amount of time patients spend on ventilators, which can “remarkably improve [a patient’s chances of] survival.”
- More focus on hygiene and hand washing.
None of the Florida hospitals failed, but three were given D grades: Citrus Memorial in Inverness, Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala and University of Miami Hospital. The facilities released various statements reaffirming their dedication to patient safety and responsible medical care.
Infection control procedures are a vital part of responsible healthcare, but doctors and nurses can be tempted to cut corners. If your medical injuries could have been prevented, contact Shapiro Law Group today. Our medical malpractice attorneys could help you learn more about your legal options.
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