According to a media statement from The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit patient safety advocacy group, selecting the right hospital can reduce one’s risk of avoidable death by 50 percent.
The national hospital safety score analysis was led by Matt Austin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The analysis shows an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals each year, of which 162,117 occur in hospitals with a grade of B, C, D, and F.
Data suggests an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals had the same performance as those receiving an A.
Alameda Hospital’s grade was negatively impacted by its score on clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacterial infections, lung and breathing issues, patient falls, and communications amongst staff and with patients on discharge and regarding medications.
Safety training and responsiveness of hospital staff were also areas where the hospital scored poorly.
As recently as the spring of last year, Alameda Hospital earned an “A” grade, but has also scored D’s and C’s in 2013, 2014 and the fall of 2015.
The hospital scored better than San Leandro Hospital (“D”) but worse than than Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, both of which earned a “B” rating.
The full safety score report is available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/h/alameda-hospital