Triangle hospitals earn high safety scores

Triangle hospitals earned high safety scores from an independent survey based on 28 safety measures such as hand hygiene, antibiotic selection and catheter removal.

The Leapfrog Group awarded five A grades and two B grades to local hospitals. Statewide, hospitals were given 20 A grades, 29 B’s, 26 C’s and 3 D’s.

The nonprofit Leapfrog group conducts the annual study to reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths and accidents from hospital errors and injuries. The scores are 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.

A grades were awarded to Duke Raleigh, Duke Regional, Duke University, Rex and WakeMed hospitals. B grades went to UNC Hospitals and WakeMed Cary. Additionally, Central Carolina in Sanford got a B and Johnston Memorial in Smithfield got a C.

Nationwide, 32 percent of hospitals got A grades, 26 percent got B’s and 35 percent got C’s. Moreover, 6 percent got Ds and less than 1 percent got an F.