News: Leapfrog adds new measures, releases fall 2021 report

CDI Strategies - Volume 15, Issue 51

The fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report has been released, assigning grades to 2,901 hospitals. The grades come from hospitals’ performance on over 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety. For the first time, post-operative sepsis, blood leakage, and kidney injury were included in those measures.

For grades:

  • 32% of hospitals received an A
  • 26% of hospitals received a B
  • 35% of hospitals received a C
  • 7% of hospitals received a D
  • <1% of hospitals received an F

The five states with the highest number of grade A hospitals were:

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Notably, there were no A-graded hospitals in Delaware, North Dakota, and Washington D.C. Geographic breakdowns hint that some areas of the country have significant patient safety issues with certain cities and areas showing a higher concentration of low scoring hospitals.

In terms of the new grading factor of post-operative sepsis, hospitals received a score representing the number of surgical patients who experienced sepsis infection for every 1,000 who had surgery. The worst score received at 9.72, meanwhile the best was 2.31.

Editor’s note: The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report can be found here. To read more about publicly reported quality data and Leapfrog specifically, click here.

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