Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Online resources that grade healthcare Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
It is estimated that nearly 100,000 hospitalized people die each year from preventable errors according to a report in the 90's published by the Institute of Medicine. An eight-year study by Johns Hopkins University found that more than 250,000 deaths a year were caused by mistakes by the American health care system. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, in the U.S. According to a report by federal government investigators that was published July 2016, nearly 1 in 3 patients in America's rehabilitation facilities suffered harm from the care they received. This ranged from getting the wrong medication to picking up an infection or bedsores. Found out more about the doctors and hospitals in your area: byhospitalsafetyscore.org Hospital Safety Score gives hospital a letter grade based on a range of safety measures nursecredentialing.org Nurse Credentialing Center rates hospitals on a range of care measures. It's 'magnet hospitals" tend to have lower death and infection rates. ahrq.gov Agency for Healthcare research and Quality has a step-by-step discharge checklist and a down-loadable guide "Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital." medicare.gov/physiciancompare Physician Compare is from Medicare. It offers background on physicians and ratings from patient surveys. medicare.gov/hospitalcompare Hospital Compare uses Medicare data to rate hospitals on variables such as effective care, complications, readmissions and patient experiences.