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Are South Florida Hospitals Safe For Patients?

Over 400 people die each day because of medical mistakes made in hospitals around the U.S. according to the LeapFrog Group. The voluntary organization's mission is to "trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care." Among other programs, the LeapFrog Group recently launched the Hospital Safety Score website to grade U.S. hospitals and give patients a resource to research a hospital's safety record before seeking treatment or being admitted.

So how do Miami-area hospitals rate? A quick search of Miami, Florida, hospitals reveals that medical facilities in the area range from an average "C" grade to an outstanding "A" grade. Several area hospitals have scores that are still being calculated and are noted with an SP for "Score Pending."

Baptist Health South Florida, North Shore Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital of Miami and Kendall Regional Medical Center all received "A" grades. Mercy Hospital was above average with a "B" grade. Westchester General Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center received "C" grades.

The grading system is based on publicly reported data related to infection rates, patient injury rates, medical mistakes and medication errors. The Hospital Safety Score is intended to arm patients with more information about a hospital's safety record before the patient decides to have a procedure done there.

According to the LeapFrog Group:

  • One in four Medicare patients leaves a hospital with a medical issue that they did not have prior to hospitalization
  • More than 180,000 patients die in a hospital each year due to preventable medical mistakes
  • Each day that a patient is hospitalized, he or she is the victim of at least one medication error

HospitalSafetyScore.org is slated as a "game-changer" by the LeapFrog Group. It will, "[G]ive American families the heads-up they need to protect themselves if they face the need for a hospital stay."

Source: HospitalSafetyScore.org, "Search: Miami, Florida"

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