Individuals in need of medical attention often turn to doctors and hospitals to obtain the treatment needed in order to fix whatever ails them. However, throughout the years, it seems that just the opposite occurs. In fact, a report put out by the United States Department of Health and Human Services showed that surgical errors, infections, and other forms of medical malpractice play a role in the death of approximately 180,000 hospital patients on Medicare every year, while another 1.4 million patients are severely harmed by the treatment that they receive while under hospital care. Who knows what happens to the other non-Medicare patients each year, because the bulk of hospital mistakes tend to go unreported and the hospitals themselves are only required to report certain types of medical errors.
The Safety Ratings
Consumer Reports, for the first time, has issued hospital safety ratings that focus primarily on six categories: readmissions, CT scanning, communication, complications, infections and mortality. To learn more about what they discovered, you can visit their website at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/08/how–safe–is–your–hospital/index.htm.
For example, during its review of various hospitals throughout the U.S., Consumer rated Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago the lowest on its 100-point safety scale, giving the hospital a mere 16 points. That hospital had a rate of bloodstream infections that was over twice the national average. Even still, Consumer found room for improvement at some of the higher-scoring hospitals, like the Billing Clinic in Montana that topped the list with a safety score of only 72.
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