Triangle hospitals are among the safest in North Carolina, according to an independent study based on more than two dozen safety measures.
The Leapfrog Group, a Washington-based nonprofit, gave Triangle hospitals mostly A’s and B’s on 28 safety measures, including blood infections, patient falls, surgical wounds splitting open, and dangerous objects left in patients’ bodies.
The Leapfrog grading system spans A to F. No hospital in North Carolina got an F, but seven received D grades. Twenty-three got an A grade, 28 got a B, and 19 got a C.
Leapfrog’s biannual study is based on federal data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as an annual survey by the American Hospital Association.
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The following Triangle hospitals received an overall A: Rex Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Hospital. Leapfrog assigned a B grade to UNC Hospitals and WakeMed Health & Hospitals’ Raleigh campus.
Two hospitals got C grades: WakeMed Cary and Johnston Memorial Hospital of Smithfield.
Most Triangle hospitals remained unchanged from safety scores they received 6 months ago and 12 months ago. But two hospitals – WakeMed Raleigh and WakeMed Cary – dropped one grade level in the fall 2014 safety score.
Nationwide, of 2,520 hospitals assessed, 790 got an A, 688 got a B, 868 got a C, 148 got a D, and 26 got an F.
Leapfrog noted in this fall’s scoring that one of the nation’s safest hospitals is Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the facility where Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan died of Ebola fever in October.
Texas Health has come under scrutiny because it sent Duncan home when he first arrived, and after he returned with full-blown Ebola fever, two nurses who treated Duncan were infected with virus.